ARGENTINA: The Slipping Strongman

Smoldering grievances burst into flame again in Argentina last week as military units rebelled in the nation's hottest blaze of violence since President Juan Perón seized power in 1945. As a tough dictator, a maker and user of violence, Juan Perón gave many Argentines cause for hatred and anger. Among the revolt's leaders were Roman Catholics outraged by Perón's attacks on the church, ardent nationalists opposed to his oil-exploitation contract with a Yanqui company, sincere patriots sick of the corrosion of liberty, dissident officers who lost their commands in his purges.

As they did in the brief, bloody rebellion of...

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