- The population is to blame --- Salvadorans just will not comply with the recommended measures for their own protection.
- The Legislative Assembly is to blame – it refuses to give Nayib Bukele the tools he needs to fight the virus.
- Nayib Bukele is to blame – he refuses to accept advice from universities and experts and insists that only he and his small group of advisers know the solution to the current crisis.
- The prior FMLN and ARENA governments are to blame – they left a public hospital system which has not received adequate investment and modernization for decades.
- The business community is to blame – they only care about profits and are forcing the reopening of the economy regardless of the impact on the health of the Salvadoran people.
All of the above can claim a share of the truth, but passing blame around does little productive to confront the national emergency.
And despite the blame rhetoric going around from their political leaders, the Salvadoran people continue to respond to the needs of their neighbors with acts of great solidarity. These gestures take a variety of forms from an individual gift of food in response to a white flag signifying hunger, to youth who tutor elementary school age children missing school for a third month, to an impromptu food drive in a middle class community to help out needy families, to churches which provide food baskets not just to their members but to entire communities, to survivors of COVID-19 who are donating their plasma. and to the hundreds and hundreds of healthcare workers risking their lives caring for the pandemic's victims.
Their political leaders need the same spirit of solidarity.