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Lessons from history in our own hemisphere:
32 years after the Sandinista revolution Ronald Reagan is still right


Since Paul Dewar and the NDP have failed in their Islamist propaganda effort to prove that our Canadian military and Prime Minister Harper tortured innocent Afghan civilians, I think it is time to ask more pertinent questions based on real history:

Did NDP Member of Parliament Paul Dewar know about torture and murder in communist Nicaragua? Did the NDP raise financial support for the Communists? Did Marxist sympathizers in Canadian bureaucracies divert Canadian aid -- such as grain donations from Alberta intended for Nicaraguan civilians -- to the murderous FSLN (Sandinista National Liberation Front) military? Did NDP politicians help communist terrorists and war criminals from Latin America to enter Canada?

Read on, friends. You may remember the Iran-Contra scandal and Ronald Reagan’s support for Nicaragua’s anti-communist “freedom fighters”, Afghanistan’s anti-communist “Mujahadeen”, the collapse of the Soviet “evil empire” and the subsequent rise of radical Islam from decades ago. Well, the big issues of yesteryear are no different from the issues of today, with the exception that in today’s post-Soviet world the line is often blurred between Marxists and Islamists – they are often bound together by the one thing that is ideologically common to both: absolute tyrannical control.

Below I was able to dig up a small sample of documentation from my work as a Canadian NGO in Latin America – 1978-1992. Most of it has vanished -- dozens of rolls of film and hundreds of pages of reports were stolen after my return to Canada. My originals disappeared in Hamilton, Ontario, 2000, and electronic copies disappeared in Calgary, Alberta, 2005. I have reason to believe that politicians and radicals on the Left were afraid that I might publish. My findings would have contradicted Pierre Trudeau’s long-standing anti-U.S. pro-Castro policies in Latin America.

The trouble began when I documented a case of FSLN torture using some of my photos in a University research paper in 1995. Soviet Communism had collapsed and it was a propitious time to write about it academically. I was assaulted and received death threats in Canada from a member of a Latin American communist guerrilla group, who accused me of being a right-wing military official responsible for “massacring women and children”. In other words I myself was accused of being a war criminal. The radical who stalked me claimed to have a photograph of me dressed in a military uniform. Accusations I heard in Canada were typical of communist disinformation, which represented the exact opposite of the work I was actually engaged in abroad: aiding war refugees escaping Communism. Ironically, when I was in Latin America no one ever accused me of being a “right-wing military official” or “massacring women and children”; although, at times I was falsely accused of being a “CIA mercenary” (as were thousands of other civilians -- the U.S. government would be surprised to know that it had hordes of civilian “CIA mercenaries” in communist Nicaragua!). Although I did have some hair-raising experiences abroad, the Communists probably did not want to sully their international reputation by being seen overtly harassing a Canadian human rights worker. Payback was reserved for when I returned to Canada where my career was ruined and I eventually ended up homeless.

Discrediting a human rights activist such as myself proved easier to achieve in Canada, where the Communists could count on Left sympathizers abusing their positions of authority in Canadian bureaucracies. The tactic used in Canada? Fake “mental illness” allegations – a tactic employed both in the former Soviet Union and in FSLN Nicaragua (as well as in contemporary China) to neutralize legitimate political and religious dissidents. After all, anyone who doesn’t believe in Communist utopia must be insane, right? And since the phoney “war criminal” accusations had no basis in evidence, what better way to politically shackle someone than with an abstractly defined public danger such as “mental illness”? It is no surprise today that the “mental illness” tactic is being further refined by Marxists in order to silence political and religious opponents (e.g. the various new disorders or “phobias” exclusively defined by the political Left: “Islamophobia”, “homophobia”, “xenophobia”, etc.). It is not the first time that illness or disease has been used as a tool of political tyranny – easily disguised as a benevolent “health intervention” to make it publicly palatable.

The NDP and Canada’s Left (not excluding anti-libertarian Liberals or Conservatives) have a long history of being on the side of tyranny – whether it is the Communism of yesteryear or contemporary Islamo-fascism -- the Left seems to be seduced by absolutism whenever it raises its ugly head. When the FSLN came to power in Nicaragua, Canada’s NDP sponsored a number of solidarity activities across Canada – fundraisers, Sandinista “cultural” events, public celebrations of the FSLN revolution, et cetera. In fact, NDP MP Paul Dewar (the biggest vocal supporter of the farcical “Canada tortured Afghan civilians”) travelled to Nicaragua as a young man and volunteered in its Stalinist agricultural collectives. I wonder if Dewar knew that Nicaragua was literally crawling with professional Eastern Bloc agents and representatives from every terrorist organization on the planet at the time. I wonder if Dewar realizes that a possible future Canadian MP would be a top priority for recruitment. And how about other Canadian sympathizers from that era who are currently government MP’s? What was their relationship with the FSLN who were wildly popular on the international stage at the time? I think it was the Russian Communist theoretician Nikolai Bukharin who once said: “The best agent is the one who does not know that he is our agent”.

What did the NDP and Canadian bureaucrats know about the torture and murder of innocent civilians by the Sandinistas in Nicaragua? Some of the documentation below was part of a package that I personally gave to Canadian officials when I met our Minister of State for External Affairs at a reception for Canadian ex-pats during his visit to Central America in the 1980’s – it was addressed to the Minister himself, Allan J. MacEachen, and delivered to him by our Canadian ambassador. Politicians in Canada cannot plead “ignorance” of the Sandinista torture and murder of innocent civilians in Nicaragua. The ICC (International Criminal Court) is prosecuting old Islamic/Marxist terrorists such as Libya’s Moammar Ghadaffi, so how about other murderous tyrants from his era such as the Sandinistas who were clients of Ghadaffi? Is the NDP afraid that it may be found complicit? Why isn’t Paul Dewar demanding a Commission to investigate possible NDP knowledge of, and complicity in, the torture and murder of those innocent Nicaraguan civilians?

Of course the above is a rhetorical question – the answer is obviously the same reason why NDP MP Libby Davies, who supports the Gaza flotilla, would never demand an investigation into possible NDP complicity in the terrorist activities of Gaza’s Hamas. History demonstrates that a leopard cannot change its spots.

In “celebration” of Nicaragua’s 32nd anniversary of the Sandinista FSLN revolution (July 19, 1979), I submit to you the following in memory of its victims:

Jose Abraham Rubio assassinated by FSLN
José Abraham Rubio and his wife Nubia. José was elected Mayor of Ocotal, Nicaragua, 1990 – assassinated by the Sandinista secret police in a staged automobile accident the day after his inauguration. Staged car accidents are a common dissimulation method to eliminate political opponents, used by the former Soviets, its clients and other Communist regimes. I myself had my taxi precariously sabotaged twice in Canada in 2000 after receiving anonymous threats such as “we’re gonna get you” and “you’re gonna lose everything”. (Photo compliments of Omar Rubio)

Elvin Javier Centeno murdered by FSLN
Nicaraguan refugees: Eustaquio Centeno and his wife – parents of Elvin Javier Centeno who was secretary of his church youth group in El Morado de Bana, Nicaragua. Elvin was murdered by the FSLN on August 28, 1982, at 16 years of age. Do these people look like “CIA mercenaries”, or impoverished farmers?

Cesar Pinel murdered by FSLN
Cesar Pinel (above left -- head only) in a band practice. Shot to death by the FSLN in November, 1985.

Exodus of Nicaraguans from FSLN tyranny
Over 1,000 Nicaraguans walking from Tegucigalpa, Honduras to Washington D.C. to protest Communism in Nicaragua, July 27, 1985. The group called itself “Exodus” after the biblical exodus of the Jews from the tyranny of the pharaohs in Egypt.

Jose Aristeo Jarquin tortured and killed by FSLN
Antonio Jarquín of Nueva Segovia, Nicaragua. Father of José Aristeo Jarquín, member of a local Pentecostal church who was imprisoned by the Sandinistas in the Zona Franca prison of Managua and died after succumbing to eight months of torture. José went mad and died for lack of medical attention, October, 1982. Does this man look like a “CIA mercenary”, or a farmer?

Fermin Sasueta tortured to death by FSLN
Lay preacher and fisherman Francisco Sasueta Savala. Father of 16 year old Fermín Sasueta, who was tortured to death by the Sandinistas when he asked to be dismissed from the army for conscientious reasons (he was a Christian pacifist), July 15, 1982. The boy’s mother lost her mind as a result of her son’s murder. Fermín was their only son. Does this man look like a “CIA mercenary”, or a fisherman?

Omar Rubio imprisoned and tortured by FSLN
Omar Rubio -- lay preacher, Red Cross worker, and founder of the Ocotal fire department -- after he was imprisoned and tortured by the Sandinistas. He was falsely accused of being a Contra (counter-revolutionary).

Omar Rubio -- FSLN torture evidence
Scars on his buttocks and torso from torture inflicted by the Sandinistas by means of live electric cables and hot irons on Omar Rubio. Mr. Rubio was later granted asylum in Canada with the help of the international Christian organization the Voice of the Martyrs.

Former Contra and not so former Sandinista
Mískito Indian and former anti-Communist -- Contra -- freedom fighter (left), with supposed FSLN defector Antonio Bolainez (right), near Bluefields, Nicaragua, c.1992. Antonio Bolainez later emigrated to the U.S. and was chosen by U.S. President Barack Obama as his “spiritual advisor” in 2008. Mr. Bolainez dubiously claimed to have defected from the Communist FSLN years prior to when this photo was taken -- notice that he still pompously wore their official colours -- the widely feared FSLN rojinegro (“red and black”) -- even in Contra-controlled territory.

Orester Jarquin tortured to death by Sandinistas
Orphaned refugees: Nellies, Selina, Anastenia, and Donald Jarquín. Their father, Orester Jarquín, was tortured to death by the Sandinistas in Jalapa, Nicaragua, October 31, 1982. Orester was a devout Christian. The children escaped Nicaragua through the mountains with their grandparents, who both later died of complications from hepatitis contracted in the U.N. refugee camp of Jacaleapa, Honduras.

Nicaraguan refugees attend secret clinic
Partial view of over 500 Nicaraguan refugees who received medical attention and clothing during a clandestine clinic. Nicaraguans from the U.N. refugee camp of Jacaleapa secretly attended medical clinics outside the refugee camp in a rented house in the village because the U.N. workers refused to allow the volunteer physicians into the camp. The U.N. workers often functioned as propagandists for the communist FSLN – they refused to acknowledge that these people were genuine refugees in need of medical help and labelled them Contras (counter-revolutionaries), often treating them like prisoners. Do these people look like “counter-revolutionaries”, or campesinos (subsistence farmers)?

Sandinista "Turbas Divinas" (Divine Mobs)
Sandinista “Divine Mobs” (turbas divinas) beating someone with clubs. Mob violence was a common method of intimidation employed by the Sandinista Party. The FSLN Minister of the Interior – Tomás Borge – infamously referred to the mobs as his “Divine Mobs” who targeted not only political opponents but religious believers and members of the clergy. Incredibly, right-wing capitalist U.S. religious organizations such as the FGBMFI (Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International) accepted the Communist tyrant Tomás Borge into its membership. Marxist-Christian “liberation theology” was as equally seductive as, and shares significant theo-political principles with, contemporary radical Islam. (August 7, 1984, American Press photo)

Nicaraguan war refugees escape FSLN
Nicaraguan refugees in Jacaleapa, Honduras. Do these people look like “counter-revolutionaries”, or campesinos (subsistence farmers)? The man in the forefront (left) is a Christian pastor who distributed inspirational religious material to the group.

FSLN bombs Native church
Mískito Indian pastor Jonas Panting of the Moravian Church, San Carlos, Nicaragua. His left leg was blown off when the Sandinista Air Force bombed his church in the middle of a service.

12 year old extorted for military service
This 12 year old son of a Christian pastor in Nicaragua was being extorted by the Sandinistas to serve in the military and fight at the front lines – his parents were threatened with incarceration if they would not conform. Although the FSLN claimed to respect International law where the military recruitment of children was concerned, in fact International law was easily ignored in Nicaragua – a one-Party State has no independent mechanisms for accountability.

Blown up by Sandinista mine
The orphaned sons of Amadeo Uveda, who was killed by a land mine after the Sandinistas illegally mined their coffee plantation. Farmers who resisted the FSLN’s Stalinist collectivization were often targeted and killed. The fact that Amadeo Uveda was also a devout Christian was an additional incentive to target him specifically – Evangelicals were labelled henchmen of Ronald Reagan and “counter-revolutionary”. In this photo, 17 pieces of shrapnel were removed from one son and the other son was scarred for life on the side of his face from the same mine that killed their father. The family was simply harvesting coffee together.

Mother of eight-year-old murdered by Sandinistas
Eight-year-old Yadara Pastrana. She witnessed the brutal murder of her mother (a Pentecostal Christian) when the Sandinistas entered their home and shot both of her parents. Her father was wounded and was able to flee and hide out in the mountains. Yadara escaped Nicaragua with other refugees and is shown here in the camp of Teupasenti, Honduras.

Mule smuggling literature in Communist Nicaragua
Christian literature being smuggled through the mountains on the back of a mule from an undisclosed location into Nicaragua after the FSLN eliminated legitimate religious freedoms protected under International law. (June, 1983)

Smuggling anti-communist literature
Anti-Communist literature being smuggled by raft en route to the Coco River, Nicaragua. The FSLN expropriated or censored all of the newspapers, Radio and TV stations, and other mass media. Bookstores and public libraries were either closed or restocked with Marxist revolutionary propaganda. Likewise, didactical material in the schools was politicized; for example, basic arithmetic illustrated grenades and Kalashnikov rifles instead of apples and oranges (much the same as the bellicose material used by Palestinian militants to teach children in Gaza). That’s me in the stern of the raft, poling, and the man paddling is a Mískito-Ladino mixed-blood Native or “mestizo” (equivalent to Canadian “Métis”). The FSLN infantry and Air Force attacked and razed the Native villages on the Coco River using the same Soviet helicopter gun ships employed with deadly success in Afghanistan. The resulting civilian massacre became known as “Red Christmas”, which occurred during the holiday season of 1981/82.

Canadian grain donation grabbed by greedy Commies
“CORN…Gift from the people of the Christian Reformed Churches of Canada and the people of the Province of Alberta”. This pastor in Ocotal, Nicaragua, received 5 sacks for distribution out of 200,000 sacks that were donated. Clandestine informants reported that this was typical and they suspected that the lion’s share of such donations were either diverted to the Sandinista military or to the Revolutionary defence committees (“CDS”), the latter of which functioned much the same as in Communist Cuba: to spy on the local populace and weed out so-called “counter-revolutionaries” through the control of essential food commodities. Donations through Communist officials always end up being used for repressive political purposes.


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