Perhaps John Kerry can write Daniel Ortega another, “Dear Commandante” letter.
When Marxist butcher Daniel Ortega appeared at a New York Athletic Club reception in 1984, CBS’ Mike Wallace, Michael Douglas, and the entire media showed up to give the terrorist and his accomplices a tongue bath.
But no one fell in love with the Sandinistas quite as hard as John Kerry who, along with other Democrats, wrote love letters addressing the Marxist terror leader as Dear Commandante.
Shortly after taking office, John Kerry flew to Nicaragua to meet with Ortega and returned bearing Sandinista propaganda.
“These are just poor people, no money, no food, just like Vietnam, and they are just trying to stay alive. They just want peace,” Kerry whined.
Ortega, once heralded as a revolutionary leader, has grown old in power. The 75-year-old Marxist dictator appointed his wife as his vice president and is planning a dynasty to take his place. That won’t include his stepdaughter who had accused him of molesting her as a child.
And while Nicaraguans starve, protest, and die, Ortega’s wife erects “magical trees”.
Rosario Murillo, gaunt, gruesome, and bejeweled, has gone from a bad erotic poet to a worse tyrant. Latin American politics is no stranger to harsh rhetoric, but for the last 30 years, Nicaraguan preachers have accused her of being in league with the devil.
Today, anti-regime protesters chant Christian prayers to nullify her perceived powers.
It all began when “Comrade Rosario”, her preferred title, though the popular one is “La Chamuca” or female devil, joined her husband’s presidential campaign in the 90s by announcing an international conference on witchcraft. And it just got worse from there.
The protests against Ortega have led to a further crackdown on Christianity.
In less than four years, the Catholic Church in Nicaragua has been the target of 190 attacks and desecrations, including a fire in the Managua Cathedral, as well as police harassment and persecution of bishops and priests under the regime of Daniel Ortega, the country’s president, a new investigative report shows.
The report, “Nicaragua: A Persecuted Church? (2018-2022),” by attorney Martha Patricia Molina Montenegro, a member of the Pro-Transparency and Anti-Corruption Observatory, notes that “the role of the Catholic Church has been fundamental in the crisis of human rights violations that Nicaragua is facing.”
In response to the Catholic Church’s role, the lawyer’s report shows that the regime of Ortega, who has governed Nicaragua continuously since 2007 along with his wife Rosario Murillo (as First Lady and now vice president), “initiated an indiscriminate persecution against bishops, priests, seminarians, religious, lay groups and towards everything that has a direct or indirect relationship with the Catholic Church.”
Now Ortega, fittingly, is turning to Russia.
The government of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has authorized Russian troops, planes and ships to deploy to Nicaragua for purposes of training, law enforcement or emergency response.
In a decree published this week, and confirmed by Russia on Thursday, Ortega will allow Russian troops to carry out law enforcement duties, “humanitarian aid, rescue and search missions in emergencies or natural disasters.”
The Nicaraguan government also authorized the presence of small contingents of Russian troops for “exchange of experiences and training.”
Why is Nicaragua suddenly in need of Russian troops? Biden isn’t about to do anything about a man his own party feted and considers a hero. But they’d come in handy when suppressing domestic protests. As we’ve already seen, that’s about all they are good for.
Ortega’s government arrested dozens of political opposition leaders, including most of the potential presidential candidates, in the months before his re-election to a fourth consecutive term last year.
That’s a victory almost as legitimate as Putin’s win.
The message conveyed to the Nicaraguan president by Russian Ambassador to Managua Alexander Jojolikov warned that the election results fully confirmed Ortega’s political authority, TASS news agency informed.
The Russian president further stated that that victory demonstrates support to the work of the Sandinista Front he leads, aimed at the socio-economic development of the country, protection of its sovereignty and international stances.
According to Putin, the Russian-Nicaraguan relations are based on ancient traditions of friendship and mutual respect. At the same time, he expressed confidence that the strategic partnership between the two countries will continue to grow through joint efforts.
Ortega had predictably backed Putin over his invasion of Ukraine.
Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega became one of the first world leaders to back Russia’s stance over Ukraine on Monday, saying President Vladimir Putin was right to recognise two regions controlled by Moscow-backed separatists as independent.
The former Marxist guerrilla, who has led Nicaragua since 2007 after having first come to power in 1979, defended Putin’s move to recognize the independence of Donetsk and Luhansk during a speech in Managua
Back in the day, Kerry and his allies were claiming that Ortega and the Sandanistas were committed to democracy and human rights, and were not in bed with Russia.
Meanwhile the Sandinista revolution that inspired so many youthful American radicals in the age of mullets and fanny packs has, much like its American fans, aged badly. The regime once touted as a socialist model now consists of a haggard witch and her puppet husband trying to hold on to power long enough to hand over the throne to one of their children. In the villages the people starve, bodies are buried at midnight, and the dictator’s wife puts up electric trees.
You’ve gotta give Kerry some credit. His track record is perfect when it comes to backing evil.