The article by Michael Ledeen (Editorial Pages, April 12), "In Grenada, a Lesson on Nicaragua," ignores the fact that the constant threats and relentless pressures of the Reagan Administration have pushed the Nicaraguan government into close relations with Communist countries. Where else could they go? The Somoza oligarchy looted the treasury when they fled. We are repeating history.
It appears that we accept oppression, injustice and corruption in the regimes we support in Central America. This has dismayed our allies and many Americans as well. The pride of a great nation, deeply embarrassed by Vietnam, has been hurt by the defiance of peasants. We are also concerned that we might have to give up our commercial exploitation, which has gone on for generations with the collaboration of the ruling class.
We first interfered in Nicaragua in 1842 and there have been many more interventions since then in Central America and also further south. A recent case is successful covert action in Chile that helped replace a socialist democracy with a military despotism. President Reagan's statement that we never interfere in other countries' affairs is an attempt to rewrite history.
The truth is that this Administration is deliberately bypassing our own laws, violating agreements and international law in trying to overthrow a government in Nicaragua recognized as legitimate by the majority of its people and many foreign governments, including some of our allies.