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Sandinista Leader Poised to Win Election

Posted on Nov 6, 2006
Daniel Ortega

Former revolutionary and U.S. foe Daniel Ortega is headed toward victory in Nicaragua’s presidential election.  Like other leftist leaders who’ve found success in Latin America, Ortega campaigned against “savage capitalism” and poverty.


The one-time Marxist revolutionary is leading his conservative rival Eduardo Montealegre by seven points, results from 40% of polling stations show.

Washington has warned that Nicaragua could lose American aid if Mr Ortega - a US foe in the 1980s - is elected.

Mr Ortega led Nicaragua from 1979 to 1990.

If the current results hold, Mr Ortega would be returned to power without the need for a second round of voting.

Mr Ortega says he has changed from the leader who seized property from the wealthy during a 1979 revolution.


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By Manny, November 7, 2006 at 9:50 am Link to this comment
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What is not resolved in the biographical history of a nation will return to be resolved. The meddling of the United States in the internal affairs of other nations has proven my point.
The countries of Korea, Vietnam, Philoppines, Cuba, China, Nicaraqua, Chile, Mexico, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico have resloved or will one day resolve their own biographical history.

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By PublicAdvocate, November 7, 2006 at 8:46 am Link to this comment
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I hope to see Daniel Ortega return to leadership for Nicaragua. He is and has been a freely elected politician for Nicarauguans and they have a right to elect people of their own choosing.

If he chooses to nationalize the industies in his country, he has a right to do so and rebalance the rapacious practices of corporations who take the most and give the least back to the people.

The USA has no right, obligation, duty or responsibilty to interfere in the sovereign affairs of any nation.

The Monroe doctrine is a raison d’etre for American imperialism. It justifies the active manipulation of other peoples and nations through occupation and intimidation.

This imperial directive is not dissimilar to the military objectives of other powerful nations condemned for seeking control over their neighbors.

Those who agree with the doctrine, must also philosophically accept and agree with the legimitacy of:
The Soviet’s acquisition of Poland and Eastern Europe,
The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan
The communist’s creep into Korea and Vietnam
Hitler’s annexation of Austria, and
China’s future absorbtion of Taiwan as legitimate imperial objectives.
Israel’s creation and expansion into Arab lands. 

Carefully considered, “American Exceptionalism” is can better be described as “American Imperial Hypocracism”.

Are the Strong “Righteous” in the ability to bully the Weak? The Reagan and Bush religious doctrines of preemptive war, occupation and power flaunting look like a fulfillment of that ideology in the eyes of other nations.

No. Just as Americans do not want other nations or their armies to bully our people, so too must we not be world imperialists if we ever wish to create a stable and peaceful society for humanity or win back the favor and admiration of the world.

If the USA instead leads by virtuous example and restraint, we will once again gift the world with Democracy and disarm the terrorists therough world admiration.

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By Karl Wolf, November 6, 2006 at 4:41 pm Link to this comment
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If Ortega is like Chavez and opposes American imperialism and terror, I am very much in favor of his reelection.  The immorality and unethical and criminal behavior of Bush and his cabal of henchmen must be stopped.

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