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Iran-Contra Crossing That Line I think everyone knew we were walking a very thin lineOwen Not many Americans know the truth that lies behind the Iran-Contra scandals Most would be surprised to know about the deception of our leaders Still today some truth of Iran-Contra lies hidden in the conscience of the people who organized it aided it and went through with it It started with good intentions but soon was corrupted Some may argue that we must do what we can to smother the flame of communism but I believe that deception abuse of power and bloodshed is no way to go about it To fully understand Iran-Contra you must know the history behind it Draper explains to us that the Iranian Revolution of 1978-1979 brought the fall of the tyrant Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi and gave rise to Ayatollah Khomeini Khomeini led the Shiite clerics whose goal was to establish an Islamic state In July 1979 the Nicaraguan Revolution overthrew the dictator Somoza and replaced the dynasty with the Sandinistas The Sandinistas were a communist regime that sought allies with Castro and the Soviet Union Khomeini and Sandinista had different views both had one important thing in common they came to power by defeating United States resistance thus they were regarded with hostility The United States was then left with the question of what to do next The Reagan administration saw the Sandinistas not as nationalists but as representatives of a communist conspiracy that must be stopped Lurking in the background of these affairs then was the ghost of McCarthyismDraper 568 The White House took the 1950s idea of McCarthyism to take every method short of a full-scale war to overthrow the Sandinista regime The War Against the Sandinistas The United States Central Intelligence Agency armed and trained an anti-Sandinista Guerrilla force based in the neighboring countries of Honduras and Costa Rica called the Contras Corn These Contras began a series
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