In 1986 the World Court in The Hague found the United States guilty of financing and directing its proxy war against the Sandinista led Nicaraguan government. The Nicaraguan government claimed $18 billion in damages brought on by Ronald Reagan's policy of pillage and banditry that left over 40,000 dead Nicaraguans.
After the World Court entered its verdict in the lawsuit the US announced that it would not recognize the verdict nor the court's findings. The US stands alone as the only country to come before the world court and then ignore its verdict.
Right now the Bush administration is pressuring the government of Violeta Chammoro into dropping the suit in exchange for $300 million in "aid." This has met with stiff resistance in the Nicaraguan assembly from the Sandinista party.
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