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Honest look at Reagan

The media circus over Reagan’s death is astounding. Our hearts should go out to Reagan’s family, but it’s a shabby momento to not look at the horrible failures of Reagan.

No responsible American citizen should ignore the tens of thousands of dead and untold numbers of refugees caused by Reagan in Central America (Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua). Women were left on the side of the road with breasts and face hacked off. His attacks singlehandedly brought Grenada into chaos and killed scores of Libyans. His support of Israel’s invasion of Lebanon was also a criminal act leading to massive death.

On a par with these achievements were economic policies that offered subsidies and protection to big business while cutting away at social programs and landing the country in hock to bondholders. He tripled the jail population by adding nonviolent offenders, and did nothing to stop what human rights groups call a systematic policy of torture in U.S. prisons. Not to speak of his insane treatment of the Soviet Union, which may have lead to a nuclear war had it not been for Gorbachev, recent scholarship has shown, countering the myth that Reagan ended the Cold War.

Fred Bourgault-Christie

Nevada City

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