Little Did I Know
What happens when you assume? You make an ass
out of u and me.
In the battle between good and evil we are winning.
Button bought at a gas station outside Camp Lejeune
U.S. Marine Corps base, North Carolina, May 2003
Guatemala is our big success story!
Attaché to the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela
To treat Arendt’s statement . . . that revolutionaries
. . . “were fooled by history, and they have become the
fools of history” . . . as an axiom of the new world order
. . . is to willfully confuse the triumph of the forces that
militated against Third World revolution with the idea
that this triumph was just or inevitable. At the limit,
it is to argue that anyone who believed in or fought for
a revolutionary utopia is morally responsible for the
often dystopian result of the failure of this project: the
Revolutionary here is not just a fool, but a criminal,
whose own undoing was his crime.
Knowing and Being Between Postwar
Guatemala and At-War United States
This is a book about reckoning: how it is troubled by suspicions of duping
and foolishness, and how it is saturated by loss and hope. People make war
to achieve certain ends, aka what is desired or hoped for, and when war ends,
when it is over, they continue to struggle, if by other means. Through these
experiences they assume different identiﬁcations. In other words, if people
make war, war also makes people. Such assumed identities—which can look
two-faced or false—destabilize assumptions, what we think we know. Per-
haps this is why many Guatemalans talk about engaño (duplicity) and babo-
sadas (foolish things) to describe their experience of civil war and its end/s.
In December 1996 the Guatemalan government and the guerrillas of