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"Freedom Fighters" in Nicaragua?

Reader comment on item: [Beslan Atrocity:] They're Terrorists - Not Activists

Submitted by John Keagan (Finland), Sep 30, 2004 at 01:39

Angry insurgents blowing up infrastructure. Killing supporters of the current government. Kidnapping local hostages. Suppressing the populace. Aided by clandeistine foreign powers.

Sounds like Iraq. No, it was Nicaragua. 1980-1990.

Interesting that Americans seems to have forgotten that the American government sponsored terrorism in Nicaragua to overthrow the Nicaraguan government. The CIA trained Contra "Freedom fighters" who were in fact the former dictator's death squads trained at the School of the Americas. The International Court of Justice declared the CIA interference in the country to be illegal.

You can't play it both ways. If you want a definition of terrorism call it for what it is. Acts of violence against civilians. Acts of destruction against a government in power.

John Keagan


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