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PEACE: Foreign Policy & Terrorism | March 17, 1988


An Unpublished Letter to Los Angeles Times 

Even if we are to believe the current reports of a Nicaraguan incursion into Honduras to attack Contra base-camps there (and the Administration has manipulated the truth of such reports before, especially around Congressional vote-time), what right have we to condemn such action?

If the tables were turned and a terrorist army -- created and supported by a nation far more powerful than ours and based in, say, Mexico -- regularly waged war within our country, especially by murdering, maiming, and impoverishing thousands of innocent men, women, and children and burning down schools and clinics on our side of the border, there would be tremendous public outcry if we didn't send a military expedition into the other nation, to wipe out the nests of such terrorists.

After our dismal experiences supporting dictatorships in South Africa, Iran, South Vietnam, the Philippines, South Korea, Chile, Cuba, Panama, and elsewhere -- including Nicaragua for most of this century -- maybe now we will realize that by putting our country's good name, money, and forces on the side of those who kill, torture, and rob the common people of foreign nations we do nothing in the long-run but drag our flag through the mud and make bitter enemies for us, better friends for the Soviets and the other exploiters of desperation in the world.

Someone far wiser and more compassionate than me once admonished: "As ye sow, so shall ye reap."

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