Wayne Smith is to be commended for his article (Editorial Pages, Aug. 8), "Finding the Truth in U.S. Policy on Nicaragua," which clearly reveals the duplicity of the Reagan Administration regarding its policy toward Nicaragua.
Among other things, Smith exposes how Reagan's recent assurances that his Administration is not seeking to overthrow the elected Sandinista government, made in June to get $27 million from a fickle Congress for "humanitarian" aid to the contras, are squarely contradicted not only by Reagan's own acknowledgement in February of this year that his goal was to overthrow the Sandinistas, but also by recent revelations that a White House official in the National Security Council has been directly involved in supervising the military operations of the contras.
This renewed direct involvement of the White House in the "secret" war of aggression against Nicaragua is a disturbing new development. When the Reagan Administration mined the harbors of Nicaragua, published assassination manuals and distributed them to the contras, and then thumbed its nose at the World court when the Nicaraguan government brought suit against our government for its acts of aggression, it showed its utter contempt for international law. The World Court reacted last year by issuing a non-binding decision enjoining our government from jeopardizing Nicaragua's right to sovereignty by means of "any military and paramilitary activities which are prohibited by principles of international law."