Hello, this is Blase Bonpane with World Focus coming to you from KPFK/ Los Angeles. We are podcast and available 24/7 at kpfk.org where we are heard internationally.
I’m privileged today to have Father Roy Bourgeois as a guest. Father Bourgeois is a friend of many decades and a colleague as a Maryknoll missioner and a fellow in sharing excommunication for speaking out, blowing the whistle, and telling the truth. He has a long history in establishing the School of the Americas Watch (www.soaw.org) back in 1990. The School of the Americas Watch exposes the School of the Americas located at Fort Benning, Georgia and its role in training Latin American soldiers in repressive tactics and deploying them throughout the region. And of course it did what J Edgar Hoover used to do frequently when he had trouble with an organization – he’d change the name. So they changed the name to the Western Hemispheric Institute for Security Cooperation, still doing the same thing.
Welcome Father Roy Bourgeois.
Roy: It’s good to be with you, Blase.
Blase: Well, we’re looking forward to having you in Los Angeles this coming week. We’re talking about Saturday, May 31st from 5 to 8pm at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena. That’s going to be a wonderful gathering. I certainly intend to be there and I’ll be a part of it as well. Then we have a continuing event the following day, Sunday, June 1st at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Los Angeles and you’ll be there from 2 to 4:30.
Roy, you have been a master of diplomacy. That’s something that I hope that our country will learn. There you are – you go down there and you’re talking to various presidents. You went and talked to President Correa of Ecuador. You talked to Ortega in Nicaragua. You talked to President Kerchner of Argentina, Evo Morales, President of Uruguay, too.
What did you accomplish?
Roy: First, about the issue of anger, like you and so many of us who have been in Central America and Latin America, who’ve been to wars in Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, when we see what our country is doing to so many people in other countries through our foreign policy, we get very angry and especially we also have guilt as I did because of being in Vietnam and what we did there, but I don’t think we should allow our anger to dominate us.