>“We were foolish, arrogant bureaucrats and in frustration we committed errors.”
— Tomas Borge, former KGB-trained Sandinista Interior Minister; quoted in Buenos Aires Daily Bugler, November 8, 2006
In the wake of Daniel Ortega’s victory in the Nicaraguan presidential election, Latin America’s Red Axis should be visible to even the most benighted denizen of North America’s shopping mall regime. Fidel Castro (pictured here with Ortega), Hugo Chavez, and Evo Morales have offered comradely congratulations to the Sandinista comandante. During his telephone conversation with Ortega, as the RedGlobe article below reveals, Comrade Hugo assured the Sandinista leader that Nicaragua would have all of Venezuela’s support in order to consolidate the power of the new FSLN government. What a comforting thought for lovers of freedom in Nicaragua! The Communist Party of Spain and the Communist Youth of Venezuela have also offered their red felicitations.
Reflecting upon his comrade’s victory in the election, Tomás Borge, the KGB-trained Sandinista Interior Minister between 1984 and 1990, candidly exposed the FSLN’s intentions to establish close, working relationships with the many leftist regimes of Latin America: “Now we are friends of the Venezuela of Hugo Chavez and feel proud. But also we have good relations with president Néstor Kirchner [of Argentina], are friends of Lula Da Silva [of Brazil] and of Evo Moral [in Bolivia], and will have very good relations with the Chile of [Michelle] Bachelet.” In addition, Borge insisted that the new FSLN government would be a “close friend” of the Cuban Revolution and would not yield “one millimeter” on that issue.
No doubt. Borge and Ortega have cultivated a working, revolutionary relationship with the Communist Party of Cuba and the KGB since 1959. In a June 2, 2006 Front Page Magazine article Lloyd Billingsley refers to the FSLN as “Nicaragua’s KGB Party.” “In the designs of KGB chairman Aleksandr Shelepin,” Billingsley relates, “Nicaragua was to have become a second bridgehead working alongside the Cubans. In 1959, the FSLN’s Tomas Borge and a group of Sandinistas arrived in Havana for meetings with Fidel Castro.” Elsewhere he notes: “Vladimir Kryuchkov head of the FCD, the KGB’s foreign intelligence directorate, was briefed on operations. The guerrillas flew to Havana, where Castro met with Tomas Borge, Humberto Ortega and Daniel Ortega. Cuba’s Departamento America (DA) helped them set up a base in Costa Rica, vital in their ousting of strongman Anastasio Somoza in 1979.” To consolidate their revolution, the FSLN approached the Kremlin: “In 1983, when Daniel Ortega visited Moscow, the Soviets agreed to send a squadron of MiG-21 fighters.”
There is no reason to believe that the comradely relationship between Moscow and the Sandinistas terminated in 1990. On November 2 Russia’s Foreign Ministry condemned US “interference,”–possibly alluding to Oliver North’s recent junket to the Central American country–in Nicaragua’s presidential election. Mikhail Kamynin, chief spokesentity for the Foreign Ministry opined: “According to information coming from Managua [Nicaragua’s capital], both U.S. officials and numerous funds and NGOs that have settled in the territory of that country are threatening, in case of victory by the Sandinista National Liberation Front, to halt their aid.” North (pictured here with former Contra Adolfo Calero Portocarrero) was at the heart of the Iran-Contra Affair that plagued the Reagan Administration’s covert support for the Contras, who opposed the Sandinista’s Marxist-Leninist regime.
Not to be outdone, nor willing to be confined to a senior’s care home, former President Jimmy (“Peanuts”) Carter trekked to Nicaragua to make sure Comrade Daniel had a fair shake at taking the presidency. (Hats off to Jimmy for selling the Panama Canal to our “buddies” in Beijing. Time to call it quits, don’t you think? You’ve done enough damage.)
In addition, as we blogged here, the Central Committee of the restored Communist Party of the Soviet Union, which embraces all but one of the “former” Soviet republics, Turkmenistan, has commended the socialist revolutions in Bolivia and Venezuela and will no doubt line up to shake Ortega’s hand.
Haven’t we been here before? Do we have to write this chapter all over again? Welcome to the Second Cold War.
Translation courtesy Babelfish.
The sandinistas and the world celebrate the triumph in the elections and new President Daniel Ortega
Thursday, 09 November 2006
Daniel Ortega, the elect president of Nicaragua, and his wife celebrated the night of Wednesday his triumph in the elections of Sunday next to thousands of supporters of the In front Sandinista leftist of Liberacio’n Nacional (FSLN), who by fourth night went out to festejar. Ortega crossed two kilometers in the middle of a multitude that carried the flags red and black of the FSLN from the historical center of Managua towards the west, where concentrate several commercial and banking establishments of Managua, in a caravan of vehicles and a foot. Now the elect president entered the platform from where he went to his followers under the fireworks outbreak, while the overflowed multitude applauded and coreaba the name of “Daniel”. “That lives Nicaragua, blessed and always he frees”, he shouted moved Ortega, that was accompanied of its wife Murillo Rosary and her children.
Before the popular celebration, Ortega deposited a floral offering before the mausoleo of the founder of the FSLN, Carlos Fonseca, killed in action against the regime of Anastasio Somoza the 8 of November of 1976. Sandinistas celebranEn their speech, Ortega assured that one of the challenges of their government will be to start up programs against the hunger, to benefit to million people affected by that flagellum. Also he exhorted his supporters to that they do not fall in provocations, that are not sent to take earth and they do not threaten anybody. “Today more than ever the sandinistas we must have patience”, said Ortega after reiterating its promise to take care of with priority the problems that more affect the Nicaraguans. He called to his followers to be humble in the victory, after reiterating that he is needed the unit of all to remove to the country from the poverty. “Which it does not leave our lips nor an offense, nor a ridicule against which did not vote by us. We must be respectful, we must be humble in the victory “, warned. Also it invited to all, “from that they more must until that less they have”, to be united to remove to the country from the poverty and that health and education do not need.
Ortega called to the unit of all parties to eradicate the poverty, that affects the 80 percent of the population. Also it called to the Movement of Sandinista Renovation (MRS) to return to the roots of the sandinismo to fight together by the development of the country. The brothers of MRS have the opened doors to go together to fight against the hunger, the future expressed agent chief executive, who made the same invitation to the parties of the right. He added that his government will defend the right to have commercial relations yet the world, and advanced that besides to make use of the Free Trade Agreement with the United States, will look for to place products in Latin America, Europe and Asia. We cannot remain, become paralyzed and be subordinated to a single market, and where we find a hand friend, there he will be Nicaragua extending his hand to leave the poverty, limited Ortega.
Vitoreado by a multitude that coreaba “yes could, yes could”, “the united town, it will never be won”, and other revolutionary slogans, the ex- president was thankful to the Nicaraguan town by the civismo demonstrated in the elections of last Sunday. He exhorted his supporters to respect the private property and not to take earth; promising the delivery to them of lots ordenadamente. “one is not due to occupy small, medium nor great properties. It is necessary to respect the property. The farmers will receive territories of ordered way: the State is going to buy earth and it is going away them to give with financing, its title, its agricultural implementos, for which they put themselves to produce in benefit of our country “, announced. He publicly asked the mayors who prepare a list of the people who do not have and need earth so that the State buys lots and it gives properties to construct worthy houses to them. “We are to two months and two days to take possession, in these two months and two days that do not appear earth takings; those that needs earth to raise their lot, that the mayors raise the list that we are going to them to fulfill, but of formal way “, requested the ex- agent chief executive who will return to the power 16 years later.
Also the ex- minister of the Interior of the sandinista revolutionary government, Tomás Borges, assured that with the return from the sandinismo to Nicaragua they will not become to repeat the “errors” of the 1979 revolution. “We were foolish, arrogant, bureaucrats and a frustration by the committed errors” during the sandinista government of Ortega between 1984 and 1990, admitted in an interview that published yesterday the daily Bugler of Buenos Aires. Borges indicated that the sandinismo continues being “close friend” of the Cuban Revolution and in this is not going to yield “nor a millimeter”, but emphasized that in this new stage it does not want “to have enemies”. “We want to be friends of them (the U.S.A.), but whenever they respect to us. We did not admit that they try us to make kneel “, aimed when considering that it hopes that the relation of Nicaragua with the White House” changes when president George goes away “W. Bush. “Now we are friends of the Venezuela of (Hugo) Chávez and felt proud. But also we have good relations with president (Argentine) Néstor Kirchner, are friends of Lula Da Silva (Brazil) and of Evo Moral (Bolivia) and will have very good relations with the Chile of (Michelle) Bachelet “, emphasized.
Sandinistas celebrate the writer Gioconda Belli, ex- follower of the Sandinista Revolution and today affiliated with MRS, called to accept the triumph of the FSLN, “just as party FSLN, of Daniel Ortega, she accepted his defeat in three previous occasions”. Nevertheless, he affirmed that “the democracy demands a respectful behavior to us of the results of the votings. Also demand of the winners the respect to the right who we must to exist and to act within the political panorama of the country who we did not share nor its positions, nor its political methods.” Escritorapone its hope in the operation of the parliamentary system: “Daniel Ortega arrives now at the power within a different political system, where the parliamentary power has been prevailed to the one of the Executive. The parliamentary, same system that Ortega was in charge to consolidate and to propose — that includes the constitutional reforms that still more limit the prerogatives of president –, will be without a doubt a factor of unobjectionable balance for any absolutista temptation of virtual the new president of Nicaragua.” In other parts of the continent it dominates the joy by the sandinista victory.
Cuban President Fidel Castro congratulated Daniel: “the huge full from joy to our town and simultaneously full sandinista victory from oprobio to the terrorist and genocida government of the United States. For that reason as much you as the heroic town of Nicaragua they deserve the warmest congratulation.” The sandinista digital magazine “the Voice of the Sandinismo” responded dedicating the victory to the Cuban Commander-in-Chief: “This electoral triumph, dear Fidel, is the gift of the sandinistas by its 80 birthdays; and as it celebrates the 2 to it of December then…… we advanced. We requested to him please, Commander, who also transfers our greeting to those five patriotic Cubans that they resist in the North American jails: Fernando, René, Antonio, Gerald and Ramon. This triumph is also for them! Thanks in addition, Fidel, by the thousands of scholars who could and can study in Cuba. By the patients who were and are taken care of, men, women and children in Cuba. By but of thousand three hundred Nicaraguans which they recovered the Vista in Havana, thanks to the Mission Miracle. By the 70 thousand nicas that have learned to read with the method I if I can. By the shared in common aid. Always. By its preoccupation and affection towards Daniel and Rosario. Because You know that Daniel is of whom they do not change nor they will change. It will die being Revolutionary! This triumph is his, Commander! And of its town! That heroic, valiant and matchless Cuban town “
Bolivian President Evo Moral also congratulated to the Commander Daniel Ortega. He said that in hours in the morning one communicated by telephone with the elect President of Nicaragua to congratulate it by his triumph and through him to all the Nicaraguan town by his democratic vocation. Evo was categorical when needing that the attitude of the Bolivian Government is and will be always to greet the democratic vocations of all the countries of the world.
Sandinistas celebrate the President of the Bolivariana Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, he expressed the support to him of Venezuela to consolidate the new Government of Nicaragua and his project of development. For Chávez Commander the Sandinista Revolution and the Bolivariana Revolution are united to construct the future, the socialism of the century XXI Chávez talked via telephone with Daniel Ortega and moved it expressed his congratulations and greeting to him, during the development of II the Communal Movable Cabinet of House that was made the night of Tuesday in the Palace of Miraflores, bolivariano seat of the government. “We are very happy, brother. My congratulations to you and all the Sandinista Front, and the town of Nicaragua. It receives a applause from here from Miraflores with the Communal Councils. The Sandinista Front lives on National Liberation! The Sandinista Revolution lives! The alive free Nicaragua! Alive Daniel Ortega ” President Chávez indicated to the sandinista leader that the Nicaraguan town will have all the support of Venezuela to consolidate the new Government of Nicaragua and his project of development, “who is our same project: the integration of Latin America, that has stopped being the back patio of the North American empire and (…) it is rising again “.
Equally moved the elect president of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, it sent a hug to him of the Sandinista town to the Bolivariano town, the president Chávez and a hug for Latin America and the Caribbean. “Venezuela has raised that flag of Bolivar who is waving in all the continent, the Caribbean and beyond the American continent because the flag of Bolivar crosses the world in the hands of Hugo Chávez, of this Bolivariana Republic of Venezuela. The Venezuelan town could with all its conscience, its anger to fight by the dignity of the towns yet. I am convinced that as well as today we have gained that victory, you brothers day 3 of December will be also reaching a new victory, giving him continuity to this fight by justice, by La Paz, by solidarity between the towns “, showed just the elect president.”
Under the title “Latin America it woke up, shakes Imperialism”, also the Communist Youth of Venezuela (JCV) sent its message from congratulation to the new sandinista government: “the Communist Youth of Venezuela expresses its joy by the triumph of the FSLN in Nicaragua, important victory of the Latin American town, which has undergone the disastrous effects of Capitalism in its neoliberal phase and has said is enough to this false proposal of development and well-being that has bled our men, women and specially to our children. We do not have doubt that new times will arrive at Nicaragua, and that all Central America, sooner or later, will see splashed by his volume liberating, because the towns begin to understand that yes it is possible to define its own destiny, through the popular organization, driving politician, the mobilization and the conscientious and massive suffrage. Nevertheless, it is important that we are very alert, since North American imperialism, which withdraws in Latin America quickly and the world, is not going to be a simple spectator of the process that begins to give in Nicaragua, but that without a doubt will apply its customary dirty policy of blackmails, pressures, interventionism and conspiracy. In fact, already it has threatened preventing the shipment of remittances, which constitute the main economic entrance of that sister nation, between 600 and 700 million dollars to the year, and from which they benefit directly more from a million of Nicaraguan.”
The “Newspaper of the Town”, more important spokesman of the Chinese government, emphasized that the American government did not want to congratulate the sandinista elect president and remembers in the contrarevolucionaria war of the bands of the “Contras”, financed and directed by the U.S.A.: “Ortega received the congratulation of the governors of diverse countries, mainly of Latin America and the European Union, but the United States put in judgment fabric the transparency of the elections. The United States maintains a diffuse position before the triumph of Ortega, because while some civil employees censure it others say that the government will respect the results and will look for a narrowing of the bonds. In the decade of the 80 of the last century, the sandinista regime of Nicaragua was harassed by groups militarily armed that financed the United States. The spokesman of the Department of State, Is McCormack, said that the United States will wait for the “evaluation” of the elections and will study the platform of the virtual winner. The secretary of American Commerce, Carlos Gutiérrez, pronounced itself by increased of the commerce between the United States and Nicaragua. Ortega censured the open interference of the United States in the electoral process in Nicaragua, has said in different occasions that are necessary a new stage in the relations between both countries.”
The Communist Party of Spain (PCE) is united to I rejoice of world-wide the progressive movement: “From the PCE we are convinced that the sandinista victory makes possible the social and economic recovery of a nation punished by Governments of the Right for more than one decade and lays the way so that the Town of Nicaragua assumes protagonism in the changes that your Country needs to surpass the present social crisis and economic that undergoes with more hardness the weakest sectors, in this sense as much the program with which the Sandinista Front has gained the elections as the confidence in their pictures allows us to have the Maxima confidence in the future. On the other hand we do not want to let stand out that your triumph is also a triumph of the popular forces of all Latin America that from Brazil to Mexico is advancing, as opposed to the attempts of the U.S.A. to maintain I dominate on a territory that begins to wake up and to become aware from its right to be owner of its destiny and its own natural resources.”
Sources: Radio the First one, Aporrea.org, the Voice of the Sandinismo, Bolivian Agency of Information, Government in line, Newspaper of the Town, Communist Youth of Venezuela, Communist Party of Spain/RedGlobe