Why Health Care Reform Still Matters

February 21, 2010

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Al Haig And The “Pistol-Packin’ Nuns”

February 21, 2010


Former Reagan Secretary of State Alexander Haig, who recently died, should be remembered for his service to our country both in the government and the military. Also, our deepest sympathies should be extended to his family and friends upon his passing.

However, he should also be remembered for the episode described here, in which he testified in 1981 before the House Foreign Affairs Committee about three nuns and a laywoman who were beaten, raped, and murdered by members of the El Salvadoran National Guard (that country was engaged in a civil war at the time). Haig testified that “the nuns may have run through a roadblock or may have accidentally been perceived to have been doing so, and there may have been an exchange of fire.”

Thus had begun the ruinous conservative ascendancy from which this country has tried to extricate itself with mixed results ever since.


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