W.P. Norton

A reckoning: Nixon, Kissinger, Chile and Nicaragua

In W.P. Norton on February 12, 2016 at 5:13 pm
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Copied from Rachel Nolan’s Facebook page

In the tradition of distinguished author Salman Rushdie, who perfectly captured the mid-80s gestalt of the tragedy and comedy of a CIA-run amok in The Jaguar SmileRobert Ritzenthaler brings to vivid life the people and the times of a post-Vietnam tragedy  that reminds us all how terrible is wisdom when it brings no profit to the wise.

Think about it: Korea. Vietnam. Chile. Argentina. El Salvador. Guatemala. Death squads … trading weapons with Iran for hostages … all these things make you want to dump it in the memory hole and forget the horror.

But some 50,000 Nicaraguan men, women and children were estimated killed by counter-revolutionary fighters during the US-backed Contra war against the Sandinista government. And no-one with a pulse, let alone a heart, can disagree: it’s time for a reckoning.

Ritzenthaler gives us that and more in “The Jungles of Tiritipa,” a re-imagined journey of two young men looking for truth in a Latin America country torn by conflict during the death-spasms of the Cold War.

If only we could print the conversations Reagan had with his minions about the brutal and lawless US intervention in Nicaragua that was Reagan’s own backyard Vietnam.

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