Magazine article The Nation

Allan Nairn on the U.S. Left and Nicaragua; Responses to Michael Massing

Magazine article The Nation

Allan Nairn on the U.S. Left and Nicaragua; Responses to Michael Massing

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Michael Massing's article raises two questions for debate. a procedural one (How should the left talk about Nicaragua?) and a substantive one (What should be the left's attitude toward the revolution and the U.S. campaign to destroy it?). The answer to the first should be obvious: honestly and bluntly, the good and the bad placed on the table for all to see. This should not even be an issue. If a cause is just, it need not fear the truth. There is no reason for people who believe in social justice to feel obliged to paper over unjust acts if they are committed by a leftist regime. IT's wrong and it destroys credibility. And, in the case of Nicaragua, a frank assessment of good and ill is the most compelling possible defense.

The Administration has propagated the big lie. The best rebuttal is the whole truth. Take the abuses by the Sandinistas and weigh them against their great accomplishments and grisly alternatives. …

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