PANAMA: Fanned Flames

His eyes glinting hatred, a young Panamanian pointed a finger at the U.S. soldier in front of him on the border between the Canal Zone and Panama City. "I am going to kill that one," he shouted. "That one right there." Bombarded with hate-U.S. propaganda from radio stations and newspapers for three weeks since their last flag-planting invasion of the Canal Zone, students and slum dwellers were lusting for violence. Despite last-minute attempts by the wealthy clique that runs the country to turn off the hatred, the rioters' target was again the U.S. and its canal.

The occasion was the...

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