THE AMERICAS: Revolts That Failed

The boondocks uprising is the current fad in Latin American rebellions; instead of storming the capital, the insurrection-aries plan to strike a spark in some comfortably distant spot and wait for the country to catch fire. The strategy worked well in Argentina last September, but a pair of tries during the last fortnight showed that it is still no surefire technique.

In Brazil, the chief rebels were Major Haroldo Coimbra Veloso and Captain José Lameirão, a pair of air force officers. Commandeering a Beechcraft, they flew from Rio to a set of airstrips well up...