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PostWhat Did Gaddafi Have in Common with Latin America's Revolutionaries? (Timothy Brown, USA, 07/31/19 4:06 am)
John E asked about Gaddafi and Latin America. Revolutionary solidarity was the norm, not the exception, during the Cold War.
The photo of Sandinista Comandante Plutarco Hernández Sancho on page 63 of my book Diplomarine, was taken during an "international solidarity conference" in Caracas, Venezuela where he was the official representative of the FSLN. Hernández gave it and a list of the internationalistas that were attending the conference, now in the Hoover Archives collection of Sandinista documents. Hernández tells his personal story on chapter 5 of my When the AK-47s Fall Silent. The idea that each Cold War revolutionary movement was independent of all the others is a myth. For that matter, so is the tale that Augusto César Sandino was the ideological father of Nicaragua's Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional. Chapter 3, I videotaped the oral history of the elderly but still active bodyguard of Sandino, Alejandro Pérez Bustamante (Abuelo). During the US Marines campaign in Nicaragua's Segovian highlands, including while Mexico was involved, he was Sandino's personal bodyguard. Decades later during the so-called "Contra War," he was head of a clandestine anti-Sandinista Contra support cell in and around El Chipote. One comment Alejandro Pérez made more than once was that "if Sandino had been alive, he'd have been a "chilote" (a Contra), too"!
During another Oral History, Plutarco's first cousin, José Sancho (Cndte Fermán Cienfuegos) discussed in detail the extensive financial, political and military support the FMLN and FSLN gave one another, and smaller revolutionary movements in Honduras, Guatemala and Costa Rica during their concurrent revolutionary efforts.
JE comments: One takeaway I've gathered from Tim Brown's writings over the years: Central American politics are a family affair. Didn't we learn that Daniel Ortega is even a distant cousin of...the Somozas?