The virus of violence filtered into the peaceful island of Puerto Rico one October day less than two years ago.

Police stopped a car carrying five young men to an anti-Nationalist mass meeting and were flabbergasted when the youths opened fire. When one policeman and four of the youths, members of the tiny Independence Party, lay dead, the car was found to be loaded with bombs. Then five months later Colonel Francis Riggs, Insular Chief of Police, was assassinated by two young Nationalists as he drove home from Sunday morning mass. The...

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