The gangs continue growing in numbers because of the relative powerlessness of the authorities in Central America. The police are outgunned and easily corrupted, while the judges and politicians are effortlessly cowed.
Now that a Guatemalan court has convicted General Erfrain Rios Montt of "genocide" maybe we can better come to terms with the history of the early 1980s when the Reagan Administration was determined to vanquish communism in Central America.
For the most part, one struggles to find many in the U.S. today who still carry a torch for the Sandinistas. Since I was a young man, I have believed in the Sandinistas, and the latest news from Nicaragua has only confirmed my loyalty.