Haig not worthy of such veneration

February 22, 2010

The Sun's Feb. 21 edition carried a fairly extensive report on the career of Alexander Haig who died the previous day. Missing from James Oliphant's obituary ("A sculptor of war and politics") was any mention of Secretary of State Haig's take on the deaths of four Catholic religious women in El Salvador in December 1980.

It is his testimony before Congress that told me more about this "respected" soldier and statesman than I ever wanted to know. Mr. Haig eagerly testified that these devout women, three nuns and a laywoman, widely venerated for their dedication to the poor and oppressed, may have been killed because they ran a military roadblock. No matter that they were raped, shot in the back of the head and thrown into a common grave 20 miles from the roadblock.

General Haig, who never saw a repressive regime that he did not want to do business with, did not apologize for his incredibly stupid allegation. There will be reams of hagiography (pun intended) to honor this consummate hawk and influence peddler, described by Richard Nixon as "the meanest, toughest, most ambitious S.O. B. I ever knew." I will remember him best as the former parochial school lad who tried to turn saintly missionaries into reckless revolutionaries.

Nicholas J. Carroll, Crofton

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