FMNLFarabundo Mart National Liberation (political party; El Salvador)
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According to Al Valdez of the Orange County (Calif.) District Attorney's office, MS-13 was formed when former members of the native Salvadoran gang La Mara joined forces with rebels from the Communist Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMNL).
But as Blum writes, "Not one socialist government or movement--from the Russian Revolution to the Sandinistas in Nicaragua, from Communist China to the FMNL in El Salvador--not one was permitted to rise or fall on its own merits; not one was left secure enough to drop its guard against the all-powerful enemy abroad and freely and fully relax control at home" (20).