BRAZIL: Victory for Democracy

Since World War II a handful of Communists have bored their way into some of the highest places in the Brazilian armed forces. The Reds got one setback in March when President Getulio Vargas fired his War Minister, General Newton Estillac Leal, no Communist himself, but an ultranationalist who insisted that the army should not inquire into an officer's politics. Last week the Reds—and General Estillac Leal—got their lumps again.

The issue this time was control of Rio's Clube Militar, an august social and fraternal organization open to all Brazilian officers. Firmly...

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