>Blast from the Past File: President Reagan’s March 15, 1986 radio address on Nicaragua more timely than ever as Red Axis takes over Latin America

>In view of the threat posed by the new Latin American Red Axis, the establishment of a full-blown communist dictatorship in Venezuela, the restored Communist Party of the Soviet Union, and the global Islamo-Marxist nexus, President Ronald Reagan’s 20-year-old warning about Nicaraguan communism is no less pertinent today. As of November 2006 the KGB-trained Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) commands both the Nicaraguan presidency and National Assembly.

In President Reagan’s address below he makes the following statement regarding the Sandinistas’ past Interior Minister, Tomas Borge: “And new intelligence shows that Tomas Borge, the Communist Interior Minister, is engaging in a brutal campaign to bring the freedom fighters into discredit. You see, Borge’s Communist operatives dress in freedom fighters’ uniforms, go into the countryside, then murder and mutilate ordinary Nicaraguans.” Castro cohort and Soviet-linked drug runner Borge currently sits as deputy in the National Assembly. To Maoist Borge is attributed the following ominously prophetic quote, relevant to the present illegal alien invasion of the USA: “We have Nicaragua, soon we will have El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica and Mexico. One day, tomorrow or 15 years from now, we’re going to take 5 to 10 million Mexicans and they’re going to have one thing in mind – cross the border, go into Dallas, go into Houston, go into New Mexico, go into San Diego, and each one has embedded in his mind the idea of killing 10 Americans (quoted in The Washington Times, March 27, 1985).

Pictured below: Comrades Fidel and Daniel, then and now. First picture is circa 1980, while second picture is of more recent vintage.

A transcript of President Reagan’s address follows:

Radio Address to the Nation on the Situation in Nicaragua
March 15, 1986

My fellow Americans:

I’d like to speak to you this afternoon about a grave threat to our country and continent: the Communist regime in Nicaragua, a nation closer to our own southern border than Washington is to Kansas City. When the pro-Soviet regime took power in Nicaragua in 1979, it claimed to embrace the highest ideals of individual liberty and promised to hold free elections. What happened? Well, not democracy, but internal repression, imprisonment, and torture, the buildup of an army and militia of more than 120,000, and subversion throughout Central America.

Today Communist Nicaragua endangers our national security, it threatens our Caribbean sealanes, and still worse, it is intent on bringing the nations of Central America under Communist domination one by one — a grim achievement that would send millions of refugees flooding into our Southern States. Yet grave as it is, this threat can be averted. The Congress now has before it legislation that would send help to the Nicaraguan freedom fighters, the more than 20,000 brave men and women struggling against the Communists who now control their country. This aid could enable the freedom fighters to reclaim Nicaragua for liberty and the West.

Tomorrow evening I’ll discuss in full our proposal to aid the freedom fighters in a televised address from the Oval Office. For now, however, permit me to consider a single but central question: Why, many have asked, must we send the freedom fighters weapons? Why not try to achieve our objectives by negotiating with the Nicaraguan Communists instead? Well, the answer is simple: We’ve tried again and again. Since 1983 I have appointed three Special Envoys to Central America. These envoys have made 48 trips to the region, eager to engage in a serious dialog. Since June 1984 we have held not 1 but 10 high-level meetings with representatives of the Nicaraguan Communists. Each time we left emptyhanded. Just yesterday my Special Envoy, Philip Habib, returned from a 49th trip to Central America.

Other free nations, too, have attempted to engage the Sandinistas in good-faith negotiations. We have yet to see any concrete results. Nicaragua has indeed participated in the Contadora talks — talks sponsored by Mexico, Panama, Colombia, and Venezuela — only to balk any time agreements seem near. Last November, President Ortega said of a document his own representatives had helped to shape, and I quote, “The peace document that the Contadora group submitted in September 1985 is unacceptable to Nicaragua.” Well, recently the democratically elected President of El Salvador, Jose Napoleon Duarte, made a new and dramatic offer. If the Communists in Nicaragua agree to church-negotiated talks with their democratic opponents, President Duarte said then he would simultaneously agree to negotiate with the Soviet- and Nicaraguan-backed guerrillas in his country. Both the Nicaraguan Communists and the Salvadoran guerrillas whom they support rejected this offer.

Failed attempts by El Salvador and the Contadora group, rebuffed attempts on our part. By now the truth about negotiating with the Nicaragua Communists must be abundantly clear. Yes, the Communists might meet their opponents at the table, but only when they fear meeting them in the field. In the meantime, as recent revelations make clear, the Communists are only tightening their grip on Nicaragua. Somoza, the dictator the Sandinistas overthrew, had 1 prison; the Sandinistas have at least 10 new gulags. And new intelligence shows that Tomas Borge, the Communist Interior Minister, is engaging in a brutal campaign to bring the freedom fighters into discredit. You see, Borge’s Communist operatives dress in freedom fighters’ uniforms, go into the countryside, then murder and mutilate ordinary Nicaraguans.

This, then, is why I’m asking the Congress to provide the Nicaraguan freedom fighters not only with much needed humanitarian aid but with military supplies. They must be given the means to fight back. The freedom fighters seek not to destroy their Communist opponents but to liberate their country. Democracy — this is all the freedom fighters ask. And all we’re asking for is a democratic outcome, because a democratic Central America is vital to the security of our continent and nation. Now that negotiations with the Nicaraguan Communists have failed again and again, the time has come for Congress to give the freedom fighters what they need for their struggle for democracy to succeed.

Until tomorrow evening from the Oval Office, thanks for listening, and God bless you.

Note: The President spoke at 12:06 p.m. from Camp David, MD.

Reagan closed with this plea: “Now that negotiations with the Nicaraguan Communists have failed again and again, the time has come for Congress to give the freedom fighters what they need for their struggle for democracy to succeed.” Where are the freedom fighters in Nicaragua and the USA today, in 2007?

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4 responses to “>Blast from the Past File: President Reagan’s March 15, 1986 radio address on Nicaragua more timely than ever as Red Axis takes over Latin America

  1. mah29001 February 8, 2007 at 4:32 am

    >I think one way to find out why Reagan failed into destroying the influence of Daniel Ortega, one would have to look into who was supporting Reagan.If you look at Rev. Moon and the Unification movement, they were allegedly supporting Reagan. Reagan also relied on Oliver North to fund the Contras but used shady middle men who were really loyal to America’s enemies to do the job.Reagan also gave a speech at the Faux Rightist World Anti-Communist League which funded much of the Contras’ activities and even the American Indian Movement got involved in supporting the Contras because of the Sandinista oppression of Nicaraguan Native Americans.

  2. mah29001 February 8, 2007 at 4:29 pm

    >I would like to comment on the Bolivaria Youth Communist front group you have placed up. I think they may have certain sympathizers at CSUN, the college I go to since last semester there was a really pro-Chavez article bashing the United States as a “terrorist” state while supporting the dictatorship of Cuba and denying Cuba’s role in international terrorism.And what’s more even the fellow who committed the terrorist attack in Cuba was exposed to have worked for the National Cuban-American Foundation which has been known to have double-agents working loyal for Moscow.It’s just like those Chechen leaders being old dedicated members of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and “former” members of the Red Army now being “pro-Chechen”.

  3. mah29001 February 8, 2007 at 4:30 pm

    >I should also of note that the Communist Party of Nicaragua was involved in ousting the first Sandinista regime from power. Should really reveal which side the Contras were on, and they were also being funded by Iran alledgely as well with the whole “Iran-Contra” affair.

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