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S. S. controllers to “[go] after soft targets ... S. Southern Command, explained to Congress and the media, adding that with these more sensible tactics, aimed at civilians lacking means of defense against armed terrorist bands, prospects for the contras would improve. S. and Western military observers noted that “the contras have yet to chalk up a major, attention-getting battle success anywhere in Nicaragua ... [T]he offensive has not been able to get past Sandinista defenses to move down from the mountains to populous towns, let alone cities, or to strike critical objectives.

S. directives in this regard will not be infringed, a crucial contribution to the survival of the mercenary forces attacking Nicaragua. S. S. attack against Nicaragua. S. military base in defiance of congressional directives, and compelling Nicaragua to maintain a permanent state of mobilization against the regular threat of invasion. S. forces in maneuvers in May 1987 served a still more specific function. S. maneuvers were designed to draw the Nicaraguan army away from population defense so that the terrorist army could prove to Congress that it could achieve sufficient success in its attacks against “soft targets” so as to merit continued support.

Carter’s limited war was rapidly expanded under Reagan, yielding a notable increase in the level of slaughter and general terror. S. mercenary army, trained, supplied and directed by the United States. S. forces also participated directly. S. air force units flying from foreign bases coordinated air strikes, an innovation that yielded an immediate improvement in the “kill rate” among defenseless villagers and fleeing peasants. S. S. S. mercenary army, Washington ordered that the scale be restricted and removed further from public view, as was done, demonstrating with great clarity just who was controlling the process from the outset.

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