Dominican Republic: A Round for the Pessimists

There are few optimists in the Dominican Republic; many Dominicans have resigned themselves to the grim prospect of never seeing real peace in their lifetime. Last week, despite all the diplomatic maneuvering and the best intentions of Interim President Héctor Garcia-Godoy, the visceral hatred between rebel left and loyalist right exploded in yet another ugly little fire fight and a series of riots and demonstrations that left 34 dead, scores wounded. Once again, only the forceful intervention of OAS troops kept the tiny war-scarred country from renewed civil war.

The fuse that detonated the fight was a memorial service for...

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