Some people think the war started in 2001, but a "war on terrorism" was first pronounced in 1981...and the people of Nicaragua had plenty to fear.
They had just had a democratic election which unfortunatly didn't go the way the U.S wanted.
(I wonder what will happen???)
"Teaching Nicaragua a lesson
It wasn't just El Salvador that was ignored by the mainstream US media during the 1970s. In the ten years prior to the overthrow of the Nicaraguan
dictator Anastasio Somoza in 1979, US television -- all networks -- devoted exactly one hour to Nicaragua, and that was entirely on the Managua
earthquake of 1972.
From 1960 through 1978, the New York Times had three editorials on Nicaragua. It's not that nothing was happening there -- it's just that whatever
was happening was unremarkable. Nicaragua was of no concern at all, as long as Somoza's tyrannical rule wasn't challenged.
When his rule was challenged, by the Sandinistas in the late 1970s, the US first tried to institute what was called "Somocismo [Somoza-ism] without
Somoza" -- that is, the whole corrupt system intact, but with somebody else at the top. That didn't work, so President Carter tried to maintain
Somoza's National Guard as a base for US power.
The National Guard had always been remarkably brutal and sadistic. By June 1979, it was carrying out massive atrocities in the war against the
Sandinistas, bombing residential neighborhoods in Managua, killing tens of thousands of people. At that point, the US ambassador sent a cable to the
White House saying it would be "ill-advised" to tell the Guard to call off the bombing, because that might interfere with the policy of keeping them
in power and the Sandinistas out. "
Read on kiddies and learn more about the dark side of the force:
200,000 corpses in Nicaraguan population would equal 2,500,000 in U.S population.
think about that children.
There is no friend anywhere - Lao Tse