THE AMERICAS: Permanent Aggression

For 30 months, while the Caribbean echoed to plots, shots and abortive invasions, the Organization of American States and its predecessor, the Pan American Union, had tried one stopgap measure after another to calm the situation. Last week the O.A.S. stopped stalling. In one brisk, four-hour session, its council: 1) invoked the Rio treaty of inter-American defense, 2) ordered a showdown investigation of the whole Caribbean mess, and 3) prepared to call a meeting of all 21 American foreign ministers, if necessary.

As usual, the trouble involved the dictator-ridden Dominican Republic. Haiti's spokesman before the O.A.S. charged that the Dominicans,...

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