VENEZUELA: Friendly Strongmen

The fall of dictatorships all over South America has left Venezuela's General Marcos Perez Jiménez a lonely military strongman. Gone are Peru's General Manuel Odría, Argentina's General Juan Perón, Colombia's General Gustavo Rojas Pinilla. For a bird-of-a-feather to help him celebrate Venezuelan Independence Day, President Pérez Jiménez could find only President Alfredo Stroessner of tiny, backward Paraguay. Flags of the two countries flew side by side all over Caracas last week as General Stroessner and a party of 30 top henchmen played guests of honor for the 146th anniversary of Venezuela's...

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