NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

nicaragua.betrayed20th July, 1979 : General Anastasio Somoza Debayle, whose family has ruled Nicaragua since 1933, finally gave in today to the Sandinista rebels. He resigned and flew to exile. He left a country devastated by civil war with fighting still going on in parts of the country. Thousands of people have been killed over the last two months and half a million, one-fifth of the country’s population, have been displaced from their homes. Somoza claimed he had been ousted by a Communist conspiracy. In fact it was US officials who worked out a plan to replace Somoza by a five man junta including businessmen as well as Sandinistas. How long the Marxist Sandinistas will be able to work harmoniously with a business group, which is dedicated to fostering private enterprise, is very much a question.

[ From Wikipedia - The Sandinistas took power in July 1979. The Carter administration decided to work with the new government… In 1980, the Carter administration provided $60 million in aid to Nicaragua under the Sandinistas, but the aid was suspended when it obtained evidence of Nicaraguan shipment of arms to El Salvadoran rebels. …

Somoza was assassinated near his exile home on September 17, 1980. He was 54 years old. Somoza Debayle was ambushed by a seven-person Sandinista commando team (four men and three women). …

The Sandinista team had two Soviet-made machine guns, two AK-47 assault rifles, two automatic pistols, and an RPG-7 rocket launcher with four anti-tank grenades and two rockets. The leader was Argentinian Marxist revolutionary Enrique Gorriarán Merlo (code named “Ramon”), an ex-Ejército Revolucionario del Pueblo member. One of the team members said: “We cannot tolerate the existence of millionaire playboys while thousands of Latin Americans are dying of hunger. We are perfectly willing to give up our lives for this cause.”]

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  1. Gloria Badluck Sarah says:

    Not sure about 1979 but today there is hardly any difference between ‘Communists conspirators’ and ‘US officials’.

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