Guatemalan Army Soldiers Patrolling in Antigua Guatemala

Rudy Giron: Antigua Guatemala &emdash; Guatemalan Army soldier patrolling the streets

Here’s your illustrated Spanish word of the day: Soldado or soldier.

This is a controversial issue. Should Guatemala’s Army soldier be used to patrols the streets of cities and roads of Guatemala? So, argued that a quick glance at our recent history should be a loud and clear NO. Others, believe that we will be safer if we have soldiers on the streets and roads.

What are your thoughts regarding the use of soldiers on the streets?

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  • norm

    A statement my professor said years ago in my Latin American politics class says it best: Costa Rica’s national band is bigger than its national army.

    Costa Rica is doing better than Guatemala.

    I mean who is going to invade Guatemala anyway? Having too many army folks out and about just leads to mischief, bored young men with high speed firepower can lead to any number of bad outcomes. Spend the money on infrastructure, the grid, a rail link with the north, fix up some of those pitiful boondock roads. How about a real ring road around Guatemala City? No, I think Guatemala’s army is nothing more than an insurance policy for the elites. And we all know the army’s history.

    • Awesome feedback, Norm, as always; I don’t think the elites of Guatemala will ever give up their insurance policy.