The U.S. finally recognized Bolivia last week, after six months of niggling delay. The revolutionary Government of President Gualberto Villarroel had long since done all that the State Department had requested. It had rounded up and deported some 80 high-placed Axis agents, had sent German and Jap diplomats home, had purged the Government of Axis sympathizers, had upped the export of tin and tungsten to the U.S.

The U.S. State Department had been deeply concerned about the spreading epidemic of revolts in South America. Too many friendly (if bad) governments were being replaced by military cliques that looked...

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