SALEMIN | News from El Salvador

The Salvadoran SALEMINES, which can easily be extracted from the editorial pages of the written press, television interviews and digital media, have an institutional fence: there is no government plan. Everything is improvised

The name says nothing to Salvadorans. SALEMIN is a Panamanian political scientist with enough university degrees to serve as a university teacher. I met him on a visit that I accepted General Torrijos in Punta Paitilla, the place of his residence then, in a modest one-story house, taking advantage of a business mission in Costa Rica, pushed by President Rodrigo Carazo, who wanted me to listen to General Torrijos about his vision of El Salvador, taking into account that his affection for our country was always manifest.
The General’s invitation was to have breakfast at his home at 7 am We arrived with the controversial Minister Echeverría at 6:30 am at the Paitilla airport, on the Costa Rican presidential plane, a few meters from the Torrijos residence. He welcomed us with very tasty cups of coffee, a huge cigar and SALEMIN.
Without preamble, he explained to me his time in El Salvador and who SALEMIN was, whom he portrayed like this: SALEMIN was a critical opponent of the Torrijos government, who wrote uncomfortably for the General, until he was called upon by him to criticize from within. ” The invitation was at dawn and dusk with the General and I witnessed that morning meeting with both: Torrijos and SALEMIN speaking in depth about our Salvadoran reality. I was surprised by the “spoken portrait” that SALEMIN made of El Salvador. The idea was for him to listen to them and pass on the analysis and recommendations to General Carlos H. Romero. They anticipated the possibility of the coup, which occurred.
For Torrijos and SALEMIN, “Corporal Romero” from the Military School, as he called him, would be overthrown if he did not rule his government by listening to the opposition and citizens and stopping the repression.
Dr. SALEMIN was the voice of the political conscience of Torrijos, said by himself.
His analysis of reality, which is now an academic subject, served the General to guide his public policies. Let us remember that it is due to Torrijos that Panama recovered the canal from North American hands. What he called “The fifth frontier”, but authoritatively.
In El Salvador we have quite a few SALEMINES who try from the difference to contribute to the country at least basic thoughts to build the country that we all want. Will current public service administrators allow it? We doubt. Uncertainty does not build, it slows down development. Worse still, the lack of credibility that we live reminds us that, in 2016, the Oxford Dictionary included in its content, declaring it “word of the year” the term “post-truth”. The RAE defines it since 2017 as a deliberate distortion of a reality that manipulates beliefs and emotions in order to influence public opinion. The lie used with skill to excite the emotions of the masses, manages to root in the mentality of the people a falsehood as an established truth.
The Dictionary of the Spanish Language (DLE) adopted it in 2017, stating that “rhetoric has to make the imaginary locatively real or simply the false”.
Post-truth, a neologism that now identifies recent historical falsehoods such as Brexit or the Trump administration. The huge library that speaks of political lies expresses that “demagogues are masters of post-truth.”
The Salvadoran SALEMINES, which can easily be extracted from the editorial pages of the written press, television interviews and digital media, have an institutional fence: there is no government plan. Everything is improvised. The rescue of the institutionality, the economy, the cultural political identity, etc. it has to go through a traced route that does not exist. The president must answer the citizen question: Where are you taking us?

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