North and Nicaragua

The writer of the letter ``North is an Honorable Statesman,'' Nov. 10, is a victim of the misinformation aspect of the warfare that the US waged against Central America in the 1980s.

The ``official story'' - that Nicaragua was a totalitarian Soviet-controlled Communist country - was difficult to comprehend for those of us who actually spent time in Nicaragua.

The writer's notion that North made efforts to stop Salvadoran death squads - while the Reagan administration was sending the government that spawned them $1.5 million a day - is an Orwellian fantasy that I never heard of while in El Salvador. Joan Peters, Aurora, Colo.

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