ARGENTINA: A Damp Firecracker

The prophecy had been of riots, bloodshed, even civil war. Instead, like a damp firecracker, there had been nothing. Under the hot sun of the southern summer, Argentines, some 3,000,000 of them, had gone to the polls in orderly fashion; 250,000 soldiers, sailors and police stood guard to guarantee the Army's pledge of a free and honest Presidential election.

Had the Army actually plumped for democracy? Or was it so sure that Strong Man Juan Domingo Perón would win anyhow that it could stage an honest election without risk? Or had Perón himself, confident in victory, decided that an outwardly...

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