Nicaragua Tantalizing Hints

The Sandinistas send a signal

Nicaragua's Sandinista government may have been trying to send an important signal to someone last week. The question was, to whom, and what did it mean? In carefully worded conversations, some officials in Managua, the capital, let it be known that they were considering the temporary suspension of the country's 15-month-old military draft. The move, coming only a week after imposition of a U.S. trade embargo against Nicaragua, was interpreted by some as a potential peace offering from the Sandinistas to a hostile Reagan Administration. Others preferred to see it as a propaganda ploy, aimed at influencing opinion on Capitol Hill.


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