Levels of Involvement

Aid to Nicaragua's CONTRAS is debated amid rising tension

The scorn was clear in Ronald Reagan's voice. "The little dictator who went to Moscow in his green fatigues to receive a bear hug," he said of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega Saavedra, "did not forsake the doctrine of Lenin when he returned to the West and appeared in a two-piece suit. He made his choice long ago." The President was speaking last week at a fund raiser in Oklahoma City, but his real audience was members of Congress who were once again considering the resumption of aid to the contra rebels struggling against Ortega's Sandinista regime. "It was a dark day...

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