The Sandinista Revolution

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The Reagan administration’s disobedience against the law resulted in war. In Nicaragua, the Somoza dynasty was overthrown by a popular Sandinista movement that intended to create a socialist economy. The Reagan administration believed that it was necessary to fight the Sandinista forces because their revolution was considered a communist threat. Consequently, the CIA organized a counter-revolutionary force called the contras to wage a secret war against the Sandinistas. Polls showed that the American public didn’t support United States involvement in Nicaragua, and later that year Congress “made it illegal for the United States to support ‘directly or indirectly, military or paramilitary operations in Nicaragua’” (585-586). Nonetheless,
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