Messages 2012

A Victim of Empire

June 16th, 2012

Berkeley, California

Received by FAB


I am here, Juan Jose Arevalo.

Greetings, Arthur. I see you think very highly of my book, “The Shark and the Sardines”. I knew there would be some resolution to the problem, and there will be. And it is coming very soon. The injustice of what your country [the United States] did in my country [Guatemala] was outrageous, and we all knew it.


Juan Jose Arevalo Bermejo (10 September 1904 – 8 October 1990) was the first of the reformist presidents of Guatemala. Preceded by military junta interregnum after a definitive pro-democracy revolt in 1944. Arevalo’s 1944 election is considered by historians the first fair and democratic election in Guatemala’s republican history; since independence from Spain, the country had seen a series of dictatorships.

Arevalo served as President from 15 March 1945 to 15 March 1951. Arevalo’s administration was marked by unprecedented relatively free political life during his six year term. Arevalo, an educator and philosopher, understood the need for advancement in individuals, communities, and nations by practical means.

He is the author of a scathing allegorical short story “The Shark and the Sardines,” published in 1956. In 1963 he published “Anti-Communism In Latin America,” a sequel. (Source: Wikipedia)