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Created by John Eipper on 03/05/19 2:23 PM

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More Latin American Dictators We Overlooked (Timothy Brown, USA, 03/05/19 2:23 pm)

I applaud Eugenio Battaglia's guarded reaction (March 4th) on what was obviously an ideologically selective newspaper article since I, too, wonder why they included Batista but not Fidel Castro or his half-brother Raúl, and the entire "Somoza" family but not the Somoza's distant cousin, Daniel Ortega. After all, the FSLN's namesake, Augusto César Sandino, was Somoza's main competitor for power, not a potential savior of democracy. Can anyone think of another reason for their list being so limited?  Maybe ideological selectivity?

Should you like to see a few alternative versions of history, may I suggest reading what some hands-on veteran revolutionaries told me, such as El Viejo, Alejandro Pérez Bustamante, who was Sandino's personal bodyguard during Sandino's efforts to oust Somoza and take power for himself and, years later, head of a clandestine Contra support cell just across from El Zungano. (Chapter 3 in my When the AK-47s Fall Silent, Stanford: 2000).

Or maybe José Obidio "Pepe" Puente León's comments in Chapter 2. (Carlos Fonseca Amador was its second leader. Its original leader was a COMINTERN agent name Noel Guerrero Santiago (pg. 12 in my Diplomarine).  He was a Director of the Sandinista Front from when it was created in Havana to when it took power in Managua and a key link in Mexico between Central American revolutionary movements, Soviet and Cuban intelligence and, I should add, to PEMEX's money.

But then, myths are always more convincing than facts.

JE comments:  How did I get this far without knowing about the Ortega-Somoza kinship?  Perhaps not surprising in such a small country.  But then again, Obama and Bush are (distant) cousins, too.

Tim, another curiosity I cannot let pass by:  What is the PEMEX connection to the Sandinistas?  And Fidel and Raúl are half-brothers?  Come to think of it, they don't look much alike. 

This post is brief but has a lot to sink your teeth into.

Speaking of Latin America, we will shortly board the flight to Santiago de Chile (we're now at the Toronto airport).  WAIS will be on hold until tomorrow at midday. 

Chicago Boys, here we come!

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