Nina Shea's commentary "With Crackdown, Sandinistas Shatter Myths" (Op-Ed Page, Aug. 1) seems absurd when juxtaposed with news stories in your same edition:
On page 1: "Israel Jails Palestinian Moderate" tells of a pre-dawn raid in which a Palestinian activist was arrested and is to be jailed for six months without formal charges or a trial because he publicly advocated a compromise solution between Jews and Arabs.
On page 2: An American human rights group charged the Chilean government with torture of political prisoners; the Paraguayan Roman Catholic Church decried the government's cancellation of a religious ceremony.
The point, of course, is that the Reagan Administration has not instituted a trade embargo and armed the opposition in Israel, Chile or Paraguay. But are the "freedoms" that Reagan complains are denied Nicaraguans available in Israel, Chile, or Paraguay--or El Salvador, for that matter? Hardly.