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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 What was the affair?Reagan wanted to fund the Contras and achieve therelease of the hostages. By selling weapons to Iran,the NSC hoped to improve relations and get the hostages released, using the profits to fund the Contras. Nicaragua:The Sandinistas, a socialist group,had taken power in Nicaragua. The Contras, a pro-American group, had begun to fight against them but were in desperate need for aid. The U.S. Congress passed the BolandAmendment, preventing the U.S.from sending aid to the Contras. What role did the crisis play in the Cold War?The Reagan Doctrine looked to rollback socialist sentiments, a stronger version of previous doctrines, which simply aimed for containment. As a result of this, the U.S. wasinterested in funding guerillas all over the world,and was attempting to do so in Nicaragua. How did the world get to this point? Where's the connection?Due to the Boland Amendment,the U.S. couldn't directly sendaid to the Contras. Instead, theU.S. sold weapons to Iran, throughIsrael, and used the profits fromthese arms sales to fund the Contras. Iran:Hezbollah, a group linked to Iran,had taken seven Americans hostage.Iran was involved in the Iran-IraqWar, and was in need of weapons, which it was unable to obtain due tosanctions against it. Who were the main actors?In the United States, Reagan and hisNational Security Council (NSC) werecovertly interacting with otherparticipants. Reagan's allies were theContras in Nicaragua, and Israel in theMiddle East, with each helping himaccomplish his goals. Other parties included Hezbollah,the Iranian government, and theSandinisas in Nicaragua. The Iran-Contra Affair How was the crisis resolved?When the crisis came to light,Reagan and Congress eachappointed a committee, with both coming to the conclusionthat members of the NSC brokethe law. Bush later pardoned some of those accused by thesecommissions.
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