Your editorial (Aug. 29), "Cynical Game," very appropriately concludes that if President Reagan persists in assuming that he knows better than our Latin American allies what is good for them "the United States will remain the major obstacle to peace in Central America." Not only has he refused further direct negotiations with the Sandinistas for a political settlement, but he has also undercut the efforts of the Contadora group of Latin countries to develop a Central American peace treaty, a draft of which Nicaragua had approved.
Reagan's one solution to the unrest in Nicaragua has been the training and arming of some 10,000 to 20,000 dissidents, or contras , to serve as mercenary-surrogates for American troops. And if they should fail in their mission to overthrow the Sandinista government, or force the Communist leaders to cry "Uncle" within the scheduled time limit, it is almost certain that American forces will take over, under the convenient umbrella of "national security."
However, it will be difficult to accept such an excuse when it is noted that Nicaragua is only an underdeveloped, poor little country, whose population and area are less than those of about half of our individual states. Surely, if our surveillance should show that Cuba and/or Russia are stupidly transferring to Nicaragua masses of potentially dangerous offensive equipment we can quickly and easily wipe out all such equipment and installations with a single non-nuclear air strike. This is the "cynical game" we are playing in Nicaragua.