Nicaragua a Struggle on Two Fronts

Amid rising discontent, the Sandinistas confront the embargo and the contras

From the capitals of Western Europe to Central America's jungles, Nicaragua's Sandinista government was on the move last week. Its main objective: to outflank the Reagan Administration and its allies by force of diplomacy and of arms. On the diplomatic front, the Sandinistas were trying -- less than successfully, as it turned out -- to open a rift between the U.S. and Western Europe over the trade embargo that Washington imposed on Nicaragua earlier this month. At the same time, Nicaraguan troops were foraying along the frontier with Honduras in a continuing effort to contain anti-Sandinista contra rebels ensconced in that...

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