Sandinistas Still Have Support in Nicaragua

This column's facts about Nicaragua are turned around. Instead of "seizing thousands of acres of private property from their hapless political opponents," the Sandinistas, in the last months of their government, enacted legislation to protect the land and homes of hundreds of thousands of small farmers and city dwellers which were being threatened by former Somoza regime individuals.The author advocates replacing the current commanders of the Sandinista-controlled Army and police, but their replacements could be ex-Contras, which would be even worse. We have only to look at El Salvador and Guatemala to know what new suffering would be inflicted upon the poor people. K.R. Dahmen, Austin, Texas

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