A day in history. Operation "Reptile"
Anastasio Somoza, Jr., and his car exploded
September 17, 1980 in the capital of Paraguay, an explosion of an armored car drew a line under the biography of the runaway dictator of Nicaragua, Anastasio Somoza Jr. A year earlier, he was overthrown during the armed revolution and fled under the wing of another pro-American dictator, General Stroessner, in the "friendly" Paraguay. Before that, Somoza Jr., the faithful son of his father, ordered that the coffin with the body of Anastasio Somoza Sr., also the “president” of the country, from whom he inherited his chair, as well as the coffins of all the departed members of the presidential family, be dug out of the ground. Boeing uploaded with this good, put in another 400 million dollars baggage, pumped out by this glorious little family from the people under her authority for 43 years of government, and went into exile. But, alas, quiet life in emigration did not work ...
As is now known, the elimination of Somoza was carried out by decision of the revolutionary government of Nicaragua.By the way, the Sandinista revolutionaries who carried out this revolution are still in power, although they have become much more moderate.
And this is Anastasio Somoza Sr., the founder of the presidential dynasty, with his favorite "toys", on the cover of Time magazine and on postage stamps
Anastasio Somoza Sr. with US President Franklin Roosevelt. It is with respect to Somoza Sr. Roosevelt made his catch phrase "Somoza, of course, the son of a bitch, but this is our son of a bitch."
Somoza Jr. with US President Richard Nixon. However, even such powerful friends could not protect Somoza at a difficult time from their own people.
The operation to assassinate the ex-dictator was called characteristically - "Reptile". The first shot from a grenade launcher on an armored "Mercedes" did not bring success, the guards opened fire in response. Then the participants in the assault started a shootout, preventing them from escaping from the ambush. The second shot from the RPG knocked down the roof and door of the car, after which Somoza was finished off on the spot from the machine guns, as was his guard and driver. The partisans retreated, but the police managed to detain one of them; he stood out in the crowd with his tall stature (1 m 90 cm) and a red beard.He died as a result of cruel torture, and his comrades left the country.
How can this long-standing event be relevant to us today? Yes, the fact that neither friendship with Washington, nor the patronage of the powerful, nor tightly stuffed money bags, nor weapons — nothing ultimately saves the puppet. How much string does not curl, and the end will be ...
Soviet caricature of Somosa Jr.