Dominican Republic: Stalemate of Hate

From the international corridor, a U.S. 82nd Airborne major peered down into the rebel-held section of Santo Domingo. "Our motto," he said dryly, "is 'Out of the trenches by Christmas.' "

He might be optimistic. After nine weeks of stalemate and sniper fire, only faint progress was being made in settling the Dominican Republic's vicious little civil war. Last week the three-man OAS negotiating team discussed possible peace terms with Colonel Francisco Caamaño Deñó, leader of the Communist-infiltrated rebels, and Brigadier General Antonio Imbert Barreras, who heads the loyalist junta that runs most of the country. On the pivotal point of...

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