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70 One cannot look at the CIA’s role as the only culpable one in the military coup and change of government. Eastern ladino Guatemalans were to lose status as European descendants due to the land reform that benefited the majority indigenous population in the western highlands and coastal areas. A racist dimension to ladino dissatisfaction cannot be ignored nor downplayed. In addition, as we have alluded above, in a predominantly agricultural nation, land is the foundation of all wealth. The large plantation owners on the southwestern coastal plains were to be economically hurt with the land reform, even if only symbolically at first.
The old, landed elites had neither the ability nor desire to govern. Rather, they clung to making money. 81 Under such an arrangement, democratic solutions to Guatemala’s social problems were unlikely. 82 As 1960 ended, things had not changed much. indb 21 5/30/07 12:43:10 PM 22 the qui e t re vol uti onari e s an insurrection from within Guatemala’s military elite. ” 83 But left untouched was the hegemony of the military. ” 84 The revolt was unsuccessful, mainly because the rank-and-file members of the army failed to join the insurrection.
In a broader sense, I felt that I was contributing in an activist manner to the detailed, scientific exposure of state-sanctioned terrorism. My closeness to the activities of those I was researching was not without some cost. My approach to the research undoubtedly resulted in a loss of some objectivity. I had taken a decided stance against what I perceived to be Guatemalan state-sanctioned terrorism prior to commencing the field research. As a result, I arrived in Guatemala with a fixed set of beliefs and perceptions that may have clouded my understanding or my interpretation or my ability to disbelieve some of what people told me, especially with respect to the government’s “deaf ear” regarding impunity and continuing violence.