Friday, May 30, 2008


The Washington Office on Latin America offers up an archive article from 1986 on U.S. support for the Contras in Honduran territory and the human rights abuses they committed.


Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte, who was U.S. Ambassador to Honduras when the Contras set up shop in the early 1980s, is about to visit Central America, including Honduras. I suppose just catching up with some old friends.


boz 9:33 AM  

Perhaps it's a good chance for Latin American and US leaders to remember why they don't want governments financing, arming and providing refuge to insurgencies trying to overthrow other governments in the region.

Greg Weeks 11:38 AM  

Except that the right believes it was a rousing success story.

Anonymous,  3:59 PM  

Elliot Abrams, Otto Reich, John Poindexter, John Negroponte, Michael Ledeen...

Pretty revealing of the current administration, when you stop to think about it.

Paul 6:35 PM  

"Elliot Abrams, Otto Reich, John Poindexter, John Negroponte, Michael Ledeen..."

Yes, all of them most excellent men.

Boli-Nica 11:42 AM  

Strange for WOLA to dig up old stuff. Considering their agenda and biases - practically members of the "Sandalista Lobby". support for contras, Focusing mostly on Contra violations, letting the Sandinistas slide. Whining about US support for Contras.

All this while denying, ignoring or downplaying facts like Sandinistas Pro-Soviet Marxist-Leninist ideology, intentions from the beginning to establish one-party dictatorship, deliberate alliance w/the Communist Block in era of Brezhnev-led agressiveness and re=heating of cold war. Castro's huge influence and presence.

Not to mention billions in military aid the Soviet block was pouring in (more per capita than US provided to El Salvador). A Cuban general was pretty much running the Sandinista army, with tons of Cuban advisors . ( comically enough loudly confirmed by Cuba in Ochoa's show trial) On top of the ever-present Cubans, East Block + North Korean military advisors. The Stasi and Cuban secret police training State Security .

Or for that matter the fact
the FMLN Communist insurgency was supplied , trained, and coordinated out of Managua as part of Sandinista and Cuban policy. Denied by US Sandinista apologists at the time, or Reagan "excagerations" .

Many of these facts are clear now - even confirmed by some of the former parties.

for the WOLA's of the world it doesn't matter. It is absurd (and downright stupid) to think that a consoldiated Sandinista regime or FMLN victory would have been a good thing. They were doomed to failure economically by idiotic Marxist dogma. One-Party rule, class warfare, forced exile, and other fun stuff have ruined Cuba even worse than any right wing dictator.
These idiots only understood power, and needed to be broken as military force, and learn some reality. And now they can even get elected.

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