CENTRAL AMERICA: Pattern of Revolution

As the long rainy season drew to a close last week, troops of El Salvador's Dictator Osmin Aguirre y Salinas, using Lend-Lease planes, bombed and strafed 1,000 shabby rebels back over the Guatemalan border. In Guatemala, meanwhile, the people celebrated their successful revolution (TIME, Oct. 30) by turning out in masses to vote in their first honest presidential election. These were just the high lights in Central America's recent unrest.

As heedless of boundary lines as rain in the lush jungles, revolution had swept Central America for nine months — not only...

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