PARAGUAY: Musical Chairs

In landlocked Paraguay, Dictator-President Higinio Morínigo could hardly be blamed for overlooking Admiral Mahan's classic studies of the influence of sea power on history. There was less excuse for his forgetting the Clausewitz command to land fighters to concentrate the main force on the main enemy. Because he ignored both teachers, Morínigo last week was in a tough spot.

Throughout Paraguay's five months' civil war, the rebel base had been Concepcion, 130 miles up the Paraguay River from Morínigo's capital, Asunción. Because the Dictator lacked the ships, he was unable to attack the rebels by the river route. Slowly his...

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