The U.S. Is Responsible

Shortly after President Marcos left the party caucus that ratified his call for elections, his wife Imelda, 56, appeared in the corridors of Malacañang Palace. Smiling and greeting the delegates, Mrs. Marcos whispered to one visitor, "I leave it up to you to take care of the President and to deliver the votes." The reply: "We will give the opposition zero, ma'am." Imelda broke into laughter. "But you will make the foreign press angry. That's one thing the Western mind will never believe and understand."

Over lunch Mrs. Marcos launched into a freewheeling monologue. Of the elections she said, "The problem...

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