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Focus on Central America: Nicaragua's Imperiled Revolution

Nicaragua's Revolution is, in my judgment, in danger of dying in its infancy.

I joined the Revolutionary Government with appreciation and pride. I served it with a loyalty founded on the conviction that the Revolution would be good, first and foremost, for Nicaragua. My experience has disillusioned me: dogmatism and adventurism seem to have wiped out the democratic and pluralistic ideals which, in 1979, united all Nicaraguan advocates of freedom. My lamentation and criticism is that these ideals have been shattered and the moral defenses of the Revolution have well-nigh vanished. It was because of my profound dissent from the conduct of that government and the direction of the revolutionary process, as well as the realization of my own inability to influence them, that I subsequently chose to return to private life.

Now, as a Nicaraguan citizen, I reiterate my belief that the Revolution should be the most important landmark in our nation's history. Moreover, I confess that I am unable to understand how the Revolutionary Government, which in July 1979 enjoyed the almost unanimous support of the Nicaraguan people and the respect and admiration of other peoples and governments throughout the world, has suffered, in less than four years, a tremendous erosion in international solidarity and has become isolated from its neighbors and important sectors of the nation. The insurgency it faces is the more painful insofar as it is launched both by the true enemies of the Revolution and by many of its own children, who wish to rescue it from the present course which they consider an error.

Moreover, it has to be admitted that the lamentable condition in which the Revolution finds itself is not solely due to the fact that Washington has reached the limit of its tolerance, or to the ideological opposition of the reactionary sectors of Nicaragua. There is also an element of self-destruction in the present conduct of the Revolution. Certain Sandinista revolutionary leaders' rejection of pragmatism is puzzling. The allegiance to an internationalist ideology,

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