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Reader comment on item: Reagan's Early Victory in the War on Terror

Submitted by joe rose (United Kingdom), Jun 27, 2004 at 14:36

Dear Mr Pipes

Did President Reagan really fight terrorism? Or was per chance using this term as a convenient one to sell his policies abroad?. The fact, you see, is that I have just been reading some of Prof. Chomsky articles on Nicaragua, El salvador, Guatemala and Central America in general and I am a little confused. I understand that Chomsky is quite leftish, and maybe even pro-muslim (though I believe he is originally jew, not sure on this one), but even if just a fraction of what he says is true, then the Reagan administration (and maybe other american administrations as well) was involved in sponsosring state terrorism (El Salvador, Guatemala) and plain terrorism (Contra attacks aginst "soft" tragets). This I find shocking, since one of the main sins a country can commit, at least if I understand rightly Bush jr. speeches, is to sponsor or harbour terrorists.

I would very much appreciate your comments in this particulary, since I understand your political views are at the opposite end of the spectrum in respect to Chomsky.

Thank you in any case


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