The thumbnail sketch of Arturo Cruz (Dec. 14) states that he withdrew from the 1984 race for president of Nicaragua after mobs attacked some of his campaign rallies.
It is only fair to him to mention that he wanted to continue in the race. After all, such incidents are far from uncommon, and even more or less to be expected in cultures politically less polite than our own. (Witness recent elections in Jamaica and the Philippines.)
The CIA told him to withdraw, and he obeyed. He also did not want to join the United States' "United Nicaraguan Opposition," which has been dominated from the start by people known more for their loyalty to Somoza (Enrique Bermudez) or obedience to the U.S. (Adolfo Calero) than for any interest in Nicaraguan democracy. You should have mentioned this, because his willingness, however reluctant, to obey our CIA probably has destroyed his political career.
Nicaraguans certainly are far from united under the Sandinistas, but no one can dispute that the contras cannot succeed, indeed even exist, except as the paid military representatives of the United States.