The Times certainly has been among the leaders in analyzing our role in Central America, but Paul Dean's interview with self-styled adventurer Jack Wheeler does readers a disservice by linking Nicaragua with Afghanistan, Angola, Yemen and Cambodia.
By allowing Wheeler to in effect glorify the contras in Nicaragua--forces funded by the United States and largely directed by the CIA--Dean failed to help the public understand the true nature of the Sandinista government and the contras.
For one who has just returned from Managua, it was horrifying to read praise for the killers of up to 12,000 Nicaraguans during the past four years. Wheeler is right--there is no love for Soviet imperialism , and that goes for the Sandinistas too.
Most Nicaraguans, even conservatives at the censored paper La Prensa, say they are dedicated to the philosophy of sandinismo --the goals of the nationalist leader Augusto Cesar Sandino, who fought for his nation's sovereignty against U.S. Marines in the 1920s.