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D'Escoto remembers Reagan

Father Miguel D'Escoto was Nicaragua's Foreign Minister under the Sandinista government in the 1980s. In Nicaragua, soemthing like 30,000 people died at the hands of the Contras, funded and equipped by the Reagan administration who were selling arms to Iran. Both ends of this transaction were illegal. President Reagan said about them:

They are our brothers, these freedom fighters and we owe them our help. I've spoken recently of the freedom fighters of Nicaragua. You know the truth about them. You know who they're fighting and why. They are the moral equal of our Founding Fathers and the brave men and women of the French Resistance. We cannot turn away from them, for the struggle here is not right versus left; it is right versus wrong.

Here is a view from the other side.

First of all, let me start out by saying that, of course, Reagan is now dead. And I, for one, would like to say only nice things about him. I'm not insensitive to the feelings of many U.S. people mourning president Reagan, but as I pray that god in his infinite mercy and goodness forgive him for having been the butcher of my people, for having been responsible for the deaths of some 50,000 Nicaraguans, we cannot, we should not ever forget the crimes he committed in the name of what he falsely labeled freedom and democracy.

[Via News Dissector.]

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