US threatens Sandinistas
There was a time when the US called all its opponents communists as if that would settle the matter. Now it calls them terrorists. "You're either with us or the terrorists", said George Bush, the man who stole the US Presidential election. US officials claimed recently that the Nicaraguan Sandinista party, seeking to regain power in presidential elections on November 4, at one time had links to groups that "support terrorism". State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said the United States would "respect the results of a free and fair vote that reflects the will of the Nicaraguan people". "However, we have serious concerns about the Sandinistas' history ... of confiscating properties without compensation, destroying the economy and maintaining links with those who support terrorism", said Boucher in a statement issued by the US Embassy in Managua. His remarks came after a meeting in Washington between Secretary of State Colin Powell and Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Francisco Aguirre. They represented Washington's latest and strongest warning about the possible return of a Sandinista government. Aguirre, speaking on Radio Nicaragua accused the Sandinistas of having been linked to rebel groups in Italy, Spain and El Salvador. Sandinista candidate and former Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega accused Nicaragua's current conservative government of trying to frighten voters. Pre-election polls indicate that Ortega is running neck-and-neck with conservative candidate Enrique Bolanos. In the 1980s, the United States organised and funded a decade-long proxy war by Contra rebels against the Sandinista Government.