Bill Curry's article (Sept. 2), "Private U.S. Aid--Boon to Sandinistas," documenting private U.S. citizens' aid to Nicaragua, will surely raise the ire of supporters of President Reagan's policy of hostility toward Managua. Such private aid is frequently denounced as "aid and comfort" to a Marxist enemy of democracy.
Enemies of democracy are found in any regime that gorges itself upon the labors of a subjugated people. To an extent, a variation of this unfortunate scenario may be found today in the failed promises of the Sandinista revolution. However, Nicaragua's present dilemma pales in comparison to the economic poverty and political tyranny forced upon generations of Nicaraguans by the deposed, U.S.-backed Somoza family.
Conservative critics of private aid ignore this reality, which ultimately led to the Sandinista revolt of 1979. Instead of seeking to diplomatically redress our differences with the Sandinista government, Nicaraguan tensions are heightened by a steady stream of bellicose White House signals and pronouncements.
Those Americans providing private humanitarian aid to Nicaragua are immediately concerned with the vast specter of human suffering, not dogma. The massive influx of labor and capital for health care, community improvements, education and technical assistance serve as a repudiation of the bizarre notion that the impoverished must suffer while Managua and Washington exacerbate discord.