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The Failure of Journalism through the Civil War in El Salvador The Civil War in El Salvador was an event that many people misunderstood. A twelve year battle plus a power struggle that promised to keep communism from El Salvador killed 75,000 people and the whole story still remains untold. The Civil War in El Salvador was a conflict that roughly started in 1980 and finished with the peace accords in 1992. These dates are demanding because there were numerous conflicts before 1980 as well as after the peace accords were signed in 1992 that the "death squads  " were still active every now and again. With respect to United States participation, the reason why the United States was initially involved was to obstruct communist principle from spreading to some other nation. In hope of averting this "communist spread", the U.S. trained and outfitted the Salvadoran army to be quite powerful and very dangerous. The reason the U.S. felt that the military would prevent communism is since leftist groups had begun to organize themselves round the guerillas. As a result of this separation of power in the war torn nation, anyone who supported or even confessed the guerillas and the leftist side was given the harshest and most intense punishment, often passing. Because of these harsh and aggressive conditions the actual story of the side was often skewed. As the government in power started to oppress the people, leftist groups formed in opposition to the government oppression. When enough leftists had come together they formed what was known as the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (F.M.L.N.), that gained a bad reputation from the start for having Marxist ideals (Stanley 2), hence the United States participation to keep communism from Central.