Bolivia: The Benefits of Subversion

Now that it is all over, Bolivian President René Barrientos finds himself in the unusual position of being somewhat thankful for the guerrilla uprising led by Che Guevara and his Cubans. The guerrillas gave Barrientos and his government a bad time for several months, but since Che's death the band has been whittled down to about five men, on whom the Bolivian army is closing in this week in central Bolivia. With their campaign of violence and terror, Castro's followers did what Barrientos had never been able to do: consolidate and unify public opinion—however temporarily—behind the government. As a...

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