THE HEMISPHERE: Yo-Yos from Immutables

Washington's Latin American circles were abuzz with an acid anecdote last week. A Peruvian surgeon and a Venezuelan architect (so the story ran) were dining with two men from the U.S. State Department. They discussed whose profession was the oldest. "Mine," said the surgeon, "God created Eve out of Adam's rib . . . by a surgical operation." "Mine," said the architect, "God first created the world out of chaos . . . the work of an architect." The two State Department men kept mum. "And what do you say?" the Latin...

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