The Best of Notable Quotables; December 25, 1989

Vol. Two; No. 26

Blame America First Award

"As rockets made in the U.S.A. keep falling here and flares to deflect those rockets keep burning small children, resentment towards the United States grows...For the Russians, Afghanistan may no longer be what Gorbachev called, ‘a bleeding wound.’ But for many here what is bleeding now is America’s image."

-- Reporter Bob Faw on the May 1 CBS Evening News.


"Latins do not believe the Soviets want any more bases in this hemisphere: Cuba is enough, they say. Their hope, as it has been for a long time, is that the U.S. will disband the Contras once and for all, and then, maybe, just maybe, there will be a chance for peace."

-- Reporter Ed Rabel on NBC Nightly News, October 28.

"The latest incident of alleged Contra violence in south central Nicaragua killed whatever chances there might have been for the 19-month-old ceasefire agreement to be extended....The Sandinistas argue that they’ve given the Contras ample opportunity to meet their obligations under terms of the regional peace plan. Now they say the time has come for the rebels and the Bush Administration to do their part if there is to be peace in Nicaragua."

-- Beginning and end of story on CNN PrimeNews by Ronnie Lovler, November 1.

"Sandinista critics’ direct predictions of totalitarianism have also failed to come true...Nicaragua today is neither a classless social democracy nor a communist dungeon. Opposition parties and media thrive, despite Sandinista harassment and their own incompetence....And a government socially committed to the needs of the poorest has seen its education and health projects plummet due to a lack of resources and the Contra war."

-- Christian Science Monitor reporter J.D. Gannon, July 18.