Regarding the articles "Behind Nicaragua's Cycle of Crises" and "Nicaragua Army Chief Is Snared in Scandal Over Boy's Shooting," Dec. 3: It is impossible to ignore a 40 percent block of the population when the rest of the people are divided into 14 different parties. One also can't pretend that nothing happened during the Sandanistas' 10 years of revolution, but that is exactly what the United States is pushing President Violeta Barrios de Chamorro to do.
Any American who berates Gen. Humberto Ortega Saavedra for the death of one person, when his guilt has never been proven, forgets that the World Court of The Hague condemned the US on 15 counts in 1986 for its support of the contras who killed innocent Nicaraguans and caused billions of dollars of damage.
The extreme poverty in Nicaragua is the result of the US giving millions to the National Opposition Union coalition so there would be "fair" elections and so that the new government would impose privatization and an American capitalistic system. Moses Beachy, Goshen, Ind.
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