Back in the 1980s, El Salvador was embroiled in a bloody civil war. The superpowers got involved, using El Salvador as a proxy to fight the Cold War, with the Soviets supporting the Marxist rebels and the U.S. under President Reagan supporting the conservative government. Now President Obama is visiting the country and will meet with Salvadoran president Mauricio Funes.
He'll also visit the grave of Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was allegedly assassinated by right-wing paramilitary forces armed and trained by the U.S.
President Funes also has roots in the leftist rebel movement of a generation ago. We speak to Cynthia Arnson, who heads the Latin America program at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington and Salvadar Sanabria who founded the legal aid group El Rescate in Los Angeles.