The spread of Western Democracy - Venezuela is NEXT?
April 10, 2019
Sec. of State Mike Pompeo
recently openly admitted that the sanctions are causing pain and
suffering and that this would accelerate the process of toppling
the Maduro government.
When Chamorro was
elected, George H. W. Bush removed the embargo that
Ronald Reagan had imposed during Sandinista rule and promised
economic aid to the country In addition, the United States paid off the
past-due debts of Nicaragua that were owed to private banks, the
International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the
World Bank Some people in Chamorro's campaign team were hoping to
get $1 billion in aid from the United States to help rebuild the country
after the years of civil war, but the Bush administration instead gave
$300 million to the country in the first year of Chamorro's presidency,
1990, and $241 million the year after.
Sandinistas are defeated in Nicaraguan elections
A year after agreeing to free elections, Nicaragua’s leftist Sandinista government loses at the polls. The elections brought an end to more than a decade of U.S. efforts to unseat the Sandinista government.
The Sandinistas came to power when they overthrew long-time dictator Anastacio Somoza in 1979. From the outset, U.S. officials opposed the new regime, claiming that it was Marxist in its orientation. In the face of this opposition, the Sandinistas turned to the communist bloc for economic and military assistance. In 1981, President Ronald Reagan gave his approval for covert U.S. support of the so-called Contras—anti-Sandinista rebels based mostly in Honduras and Costa Rica. This support continued for most of the Reagan administration, until disapproval from the American public and reports of Contra abuses pushed Congress to cut off funding.
In 1989, Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega met
with the presidents of El Salvador, Costa Rica, Honduras, and Guatemala
to hammer out a peace plan for his nation. In exchange for promises from
the other nations to close down Contra bases within their borders,
Ortega agreed to free elections within a year. These were held on
February 26, 1990. Ortega and the Sandinistas suffered a stunning
defeat when Violeta Barrios de Chamarro, widow of a newspaper editor
assassinated during the Somoza years, polled over 55 percent of the
presidential vote. The opposition also captured the National Assembly.
Chamarro’s election was a repudiation of over 10
years of Sandinista rule that had been characterized by a destructive
war with the Contras and a failing economic system. The United States
saw Chamarro’s victory as validation of its long-time support of the
Contras, and many analysts likened the electoral defeat of the
Sandinistas to the crumbling of communist regimes in Eastern Europe
during the same period. Critics of the U.S. policy toward Nicaragua
retorted that negotiations among the Central American presidents had
brought free elections to Nicaragua—which nearly 10 years of American
support of armed conflict had been unable to accomplish.
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I get really annoyed with people who say time travel isn't possible...it's that sort of attitude that lost us the 5th world war!