Some Central American countries seem to have been worse off during Cold War I. Venezuela was one that seems worse off afterward. Where's the correlation? It all cancels out.
Oh. Here's a correlation: Latin American countries rend to suck, independent of other variables.
Some people seem born to be victims, just waiting for a victimizer to come along Some entire societies are like those hapless people.
Is it wrong to blame the victim? It depends. Weakness is provocative, and those who choose to be weak deserve what they get. I grew up among this kind of people. My life got better when I rejected my upbringing and rid myself of all the bad mental habits it engendered.
Belief in socialism is a bad mental habit.
I'm not at all convinced that Guatemala would have been better off without all that CIA meddling. There were always other meddlers to be had. Or... homegrown tyrannies galore in that part of the world.
People with AIDS don't die of AIDS. They die of opportunistic infections. But we blame the AIDS, and rightly so. Let's apply the same logic to the Third World. It comes in third for reasons.