President Daniel Ortega, who led the 1979 revolution in Nicaragua, says Barack Obama’s presidential bid is a “revolutionary” phenomenon in the United States.
“It’s not to say that there is already a revolution under way in the U.S. … but yes, they are laying the foundations for a revolutionary change,” the Sandinista leader said Wednesday night as he accepted an honorary doctorate from an engineering university.
Ortega led a Soviet-backed government that battled U.S.-supported Contra rebels before he lost power in a 1990 election. He returned to office last year via the ballot box.
In statements broadcast on Sandinista Radio La Primerisima, Ortega said he has “faith in God and in the North American people, and above all in the youth, that the moment of great change in the U.S. will come and it will act differently, with justice and equality toward all nations.”
Ortega returned to power with the same communist agenda as before, along with a state-owned media to propagate his message. Seems like old times.
Naturally, he pushes illegal immigration:
Ortega also called Obama a spokesman for the millions of Central American and Mexican citizens who migrate to the U.S. in search of work, though polls indicate most Latino voters so far have favored Clinton over Obama.
And echoes the left’s harangue over the former “School of the Americas”:
Also Wednesday, Ortega gave approval to various army officials to receive training at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, operated by the U.S. Defense Department in Fort Benning, Georgia — even as he said he would continue to lobby for the school’s closure.
Pot, meet kettle:
The president claims that members of the now-defunct National Guard who were trained at the school, formerly known as the School of the Americas, were involved in torture. Human rights groups say graduates went on to commit abuses throughout Latin America.
……Ortega did not explain why he approved the training, but said he would try to ensure officials did not turn into “torturers and killers.”
For Americans with short memories, Ortega was the leader of the communist Sandinistas who flourished as an extention of Soviet influence in Central America in the 80’s. He and his merry band of revolutionary thugs were responsible for slaughtering dissidents and Miskito Indians, who wouldn’t knuckle under the Marxist-Leninist theory of indoctrination.
Ortega subjugated the Catholic Church, suppressed the media, and imprisoned and executed “counter-revolutionaries” by the thousands.
While leftist asshats like columnist William Greider chirped praise for Ortega and railed against the Contras, members of La Prensa, an outspoken newspaper in Nicaragua, were repeatedly harassed, jailed, censored, and forced into exile.
The Sandinistas continued their bloodbath until they were were ousted during the 1990 elections.
Since then, Ortega has been a political chameleon, changing with whatever opportunity presents, and was re-elected in 2006.
Ortega is in a tight spot. The Soviet safety net is gone, and he has to rely on the capitalist system for handouts; U.S. foreign aid and the International Monetary Fund. Nicaraguan youth, too young to remember the Sandinista rule, enthusiastically greeted his election.
Unstable regions of the world like Central America have always been a playground for socialism and communist regimes. The Left adopts leaders of these movements as darlings; without being subjected to the consequences. It’s no wonder despots like Ortega endorse Democrat candidates.
Obama should be proud.