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Post Daniel Ortega and the Somoza Tradition
Created by John Eipper on 09/14/18 3:51 AM

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Daniel Ortega and the Somoza Tradition (Timothy Brown, USA, 09/14/18 3:51 am)

A very quick followup to my post of September 11th. Once totalitarian dictators have obtained overwhelming power, the most likely outcome is that they stay forever--until death do they part.

In the case of Nicaragua, the Somozas were overwhelmed by superior forces, an advantage they retain.

I invite my fellow WAISers to read beyond the essentially false narrative of how that happened. That, too, was largely false. But once a legend is accepted as truth, it usually becomes the "received wisdom."

Review my book The Real Contra War, then ask yourself, which side was lying?

JE comments:  Tim, a curiosity.  I Googled your The Real Contra War to double-check my editing.  The information that pops up in the right column lists you as the Reverend Timothy Brown.  I've read your autobiography and thought I knew my Tim Brown.  Marine, diplomat, historian, teacher, raconteur...but pastor too?

Daniel Ortega toppled the Somozas, but in a sense he's become a Somoza.  How often in history have struggles against dictators yielded a different dictator?

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