THE HEMISPHERE: The Interventionist

Juan Perón went right on using food as an instrument of policy. Peru, dependent on Argentina for its meat, got some 40 tons last month, and Lima shoppers spent hours hacienda cola (sweating out the line) outside butcher shops. Last week, as a result of Argentine manipulations, the wheat stocks were down to a thin ten days' supply when the U.S. freighter Bert Williams brought in a timely 7,900 tons. Perón was after Peruvian oil, rubber, cotton—and an Argentina-oriented Peru.

Such tactics had already wrung from the Brazilians a verbal agreement to barter 3,000 tons of rubber for wheat. Juan...

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