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Reagan was a terrorist supporter

ford_prefect
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5/12/2016 11:34:02 PM
Posted: 6 months ago
Given the American right's complete hatred for terrorists, why do they ignore the fact that their beloved role model and patron saint sponsored it throughout Latin America with US tax dollars?

He even sold arms to the Iranians to fund his genocidal friends. Disgusting human being and it's quite sad that many conservatives today either don't know or don't care about his predilection for helping terrorists.
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5/12/2016 11:55:35 PM
Posted: 6 months ago
At 5/12/2016 11:34:02 PM, ford_prefect wrote:
Given the American right's complete hatred for terrorists, why do they ignore the fact that their beloved role model and patron saint sponsored it throughout Latin America with US tax dollars?

He even sold arms to the Iranians to fund his genocidal friends. Disgusting human being and it's quite sad that many conservatives today either don't know or don't care about his predilection for helping terrorists.

Reagan has been pretty much apotheosized by the right, and I don't think that it will be undone until he's passed out of living memory.
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5/13/2016 2:28:31 AM
Posted: 6 months ago
Reagan supported the Contras, who were rebels fighting against the Sandinista government. Had the Sandinistas remained in power to this day, Nicaragua would essentially be like Cuba. The country would be devoid of any civil liberties and people would have to wait in long lines to purchase basic everyday necessities. I'm not saying that things are great in Nicaragua today, but it probably would be worse with the Sandinistas remaining in power.
Most importantly, however, an accumulation of communist regimes around the world posed an inherent threat to the Western Bloc and democratic, capitalist nations. The Korean and Vietnamese wars demonstrate that the communist world felt almost with a religious fervor the need to spread communism to other countries; international treaties that established boundaries between communist and democratic states would not be respected. To counter this, the US felt it necessary to prevent new communist regimes from popping up and to take action against recent communist takeovers.
Given this, Reagan was simply following in the footsteps of virtually every US President during the Cold War. And for the record, the Iran-Contra Scandal was the greatest blight on the record of the Reagan Administration.
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5/13/2016 3:16:12 AM
Posted: 6 months ago
At 5/13/2016 2:28:31 AM, Vox_Veritas wrote:
Reagan supported the Contras, who were rebels fighting against the Sandinista government. Had the Sandinistas remained in power to this day, Nicaragua would essentially be like Cuba. The country would be devoid of any civil liberties and people would have to wait in long lines to purchase basic everyday necessities. I'm not saying that things are great in Nicaragua today, but it probably would be worse with the Sandinistas remaining in power.
Most importantly, however, an accumulation of communist regimes around the world posed an inherent threat to the Western Bloc and democratic, capitalist nations. The Korean and Vietnamese wars demonstrate that the communist world felt almost with a religious fervor the need to spread communism to other countries; international treaties that established boundaries between communist and democratic states would not be respected. To counter this, the US felt it necessary to prevent new communist regimes from popping up and to take action against recent communist takeovers.
Given this, Reagan was simply following in the footsteps of virtually every US President during the Cold War. And for the record, the Iran-Contra Scandal was the greatest blight on the record of the Reagan Administration.

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Reagan's buddy Rios Montt in Guatemala killed around 75,000 civilians. Reagan's reaction to this was that the guy was getting "a bum rap" on human rights violations.

Similar story in Nicaragua. Fact is, Reagan actively supported genocide. Also, Vietnam and Korea prove that the domino theory was completely wrong. North Korea and Vietnam turned communist, but didn't magically turn everything around them communist too. Newsflash, throwing blood money at right wing thugs may be fighting communism, but it sure as heck isn't defending democracy.
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5/13/2016 3:19:42 AM
Posted: 6 months ago
At 5/12/2016 11:55:35 PM, Skepsikyma wrote:
At 5/12/2016 11:34:02 PM, ford_prefect wrote:
Given the American right's complete hatred for terrorists, why do they ignore the fact that their beloved role model and patron saint sponsored it throughout Latin America with US tax dollars?

He even sold arms to the Iranians to fund his genocidal friends. Disgusting human being and it's quite sad that many conservatives today either don't know or don't care about his predilection for helping terrorists.

Reagan has been pretty much apotheosized by the right, and I don't think that it will be undone until he's passed out of living memory.

Unfortunately I think you're correct. Reminds me of this song: https://www.youtube.com...