Last week marked an anniversary. For exactly five months Bolivian and Paraguayan soldiers have been fighting and dying in the steaming swamps of the Gran Chaco without an official declaration of war. Trustworthy reports from the front have been rare, one fact apparent: Slowly Paraguayans have been pushing Bolivians back.

Defeats brought political crisis to Bolivia. Mobs paraded the streets of La Paz, shouting against the Government for not declaring war, for not pushing the campaign harder. Wrathful patriots locked Bolivia's deputies out of the...

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