Nicaragua: Sincerity, or Very Tricky?

A puzzling Sandinista move

Suddenly the pugnacious, increasingly hard-pressed Sandinista government of Nicaragua seemed to have seized the diplomatic initiative from Washington. To some it even appeared that the U.S. was on the defensive in its war of guns and acrimony with the Marxist-led regime in Managua. Catching Washington offbalance, the Sandinistas last week announced their willingness to accept, "in its totality and without modification," the draft of a regional nonaggression treaty sponsored by Colombia, Mexico, Panama and Venezuela. Collectively known as the Contadora group, those countries have been trying since...

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