True "freedom" is another, often overlooked, casualty of our foreign policy.Originally Posted by oneupper
I wouldn't hesitate at all to say that, actually. Many Americans don't understand the full story of our intervention in that country--they believe, mistakenly, that it was a mere extension of the Cold War. However, the atrocities committed by U.S.-supported troops in Nicaragua during the mid-80s were so severe that the World Court found against the U.S. for war crimes in a matter brought forth by nicaragua. Only America's refusal to accept the authority of the World Court prevented us from being bound to the payment of reparations which the Court recommended. If you're interested, I would suggest reading "Contra-Terror in Nicaragua" by Reed Brody. It's merely a collection of documented atrocities Mr. Brody collected while on a fact-finding mission to nicaragua during 1984-85, and it's very eye-opening in its candor.I'd say the jury is still out on those two. Way too early to tell in Iraq (in a historical sense). Nicaragua seems to be slipping back into Sandinista control, which IMO is a tragedy.
We couldn't know what might have happened in Central America had the sandinistas not been held in check. Hard to say that Nicaragua is in worse shape today due to US intervention in the '80s.
Just realized this is my 1,000 post. Didn't plan on using it on politics.