My Life in the Time of the Contras by Bruce P. Cameron

By Bruce P. Cameron

Bruce Cameron's tale is a unprecedented examine an insider's efforts for a course of peace in crucial the United States, reforming the Nicaraguan contras (revolucionarios) who have been struggling with the Sandinistas, all whereas staying sane and never wasting sight of key values. Cameron's narrative starts in 1982 while he visits Managua, Nicaragua, with consultant Tom Harkin (Iowa). whereas a powerful human rights suggest, he still moved nearer and towards what he calls the liberal contra. in spite of the fact that, in 1985 Cameron came upon himself switching facets from liberal to conservative, at the least temporarily.Cameron takes you within conferences the place coverage used to be formulated to make sure votes or receive leverage. lots of those conferences integrated Ollie North, Elliott Abrams, and a consultant of the CIA. humans whose paths crossed Cameron's are names primary to people who remember "Iran Contra." They comprise Ollie North, Tom Harkin, Arturo Cruz, Daniel Ortega, Jim Wright Jr., Dave McCurdy, and Richard Secord. "[My existence for the period of the Contras] merits a large readership. . . . an outstanding account. . . . a huge literary paintings good done."--James C. Wright Jr., former Speaker, U.S. apartment of Representatives

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Economic aid), forbidding participation by either the CIA or the Defense Department. Bernie, Bob, and Penn congratulated him and pledged support. I was silent. 42 ■ Chapter Two Sitting in McCurdy’s office afterward by myself, I was deeply troubled. This was no longer some intellectual game to come up with legislation on El Salvador and Nicaragua too complicated for anyone to take seriously. I was involved in what had become an effort to provide aid to the Contras. My liberal soul was in peril. I grabbed a courtesy phone to call the office of Representative Matt McHugh, a Democrat from New York, and I asked for his aide, Gary Bombardier.

When I look at that debate today, what I find most notable is that none of the liberal speeches except one expressed a concern for democracy in Nicaragua. And even that one is misleading. The congressman had delivered his own speech outlining his views and then, as a favor to me, inserted in the middle of his speech a statement I had written on the need for democracy and negotiations: Peace is the proper objective. Covert destabilization is not the means. The key is negotiations—a dialogue with the intent to terminate hostilities.

After his death, seven men were convicted of conspiring with him to overthrow the government. It was all true, Arturo admitted. But the second man in the conspiracy was a Sandinista planted to entrap the conspirator, then set up the kill. 20 ■ Chapter One Salazar was killed in a rain of Sandinista bullets at an abandoned ESSO station in the countryside, in circumstances still clouded. ” demanded Arturo Cruz at our lunch that day. ” Throughout 1982 and 1983, Cruz remained largely aloof from politics, occasionally writing and always available to meet with his countrymen when they visited Washington.

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