Misunderstandings—Nicaragua

Authors

  • Michael K. Hertz

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-036-04-1984-08_4

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Abstract

When I returned from Nicaragua in 1983, I was eager to find out how my family and friends perceived the situation in this small Central American country. Despite the tremendous attention Nicaragua has received from the president, the Congress, and the media, they were both uninformed and confused. On the evidence of several public opinion polls, this confusion exists not only among family and friends. The contexts in which Nicaragua is discussed are clouded with powerful rhetoric which both cripples attempts at dispassionate discourse and confuses people. Having chosen to characterize the Nicaraguan governas Marxist-Leninist, Communist, Soviet, and Cuban-backed (terms which are emotionally packed and widely misunderstood), the Reagan administration bears much of the responsibility for the confusion of the American public about this country.

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1984-09-04

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