In San José hotel rooms last week sat the men who had masterminded the victory of Rebel leader José Figueres in Costa Rica's civil war. Most of them were Nicaraguan and Dominican exiles, and they were indifferent to the celebrations in the streets outside. They had business to do. Said soft-voiced Dominican Colonel Miguel A. Ramirez, who had been Figueres' chief of staff in the recent campaign: "This is only the beginning. There are other, harder projects ahead."

Those projects were to smash three dictators: Nicaragua's Anastasio ("Tacho") Somoza, the Dominican...

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