Soviet strategy in the Third World and Nicaragua

by Alex Alexiev

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An expanded version of an article which appeared in the [New York Daily News] on Sunday, March 21, 1982. The author discusses the Reagan Administration's policy in Central America and its determination to prevent further spread of Marxist regimes in Central American countries. The strife in Nicaragua, though originating in legitimate grievances against the oppressive Somoza regime, has long ceased to be a strictly internal or even regional affair and has become, along with El Salvador, a part of a new Soviet offensive against the West in the Third World. After describing the new Soviet strategy of advocating "direct revolutionary action" instead of "peaceful transition," the author uses Nicaragua to illustrate the new Soviet policy. He discusses Nicaragua's militarization and its Socialist political transformation and how they are leading to the establishment of a totalitarian-socialist state in Nicaragua. He feels if this happens in Nicaragua it will happen in El Salvador and will not stop there.

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