LATIN AMERICA: Army of Amateurs

On May 12, 1940, Argentina's Foreign Minister José Maria Cantilo, outraged by the German invasion of Western Europe two days before, called upon the Americas to abandon what he called "the dead conception" of neutrality for a realistic nonbelligerency. Last week, one year and 16 days later, Argentina's Acting President Ramon S. Castillo "reaffirmed" his country's neutrality. During the year the U.S. had abandoned the dead conception of neutrality for a realistic near-belligerency. Argentina declined to follow its own original advice.

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