When Nicaraguan Dictator Anastasio Somoza forcibly knocked over the Government of his too-independent successor, President Leonardo Argüello (TIME, June 9), the U.S., along with the other nations of the hemisphere, was presented with a neat dilemma. To recognize Somoza's puppet regime would be to condone an irresponsible and undemocratic coup. To refuse to recognize him would mean a departure from the general diplomatic practice of recognizing any government that is clearly in power and that promises to live up to its international obligations.

By last week the U.S. and a majority of the Latin American republics had decided to withhold...

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