The Hemisphere: In Shooting Condition

With the airliners flying again, travelers were winging out of Guatemala last week with fresh tales of the two-week revolution. The most surprising report, dutifully passed along from Mexico by the New York Times, was that the celebrated 2,000 tons of Communist arms, shipped in May from Poland to Guatemala, were worthless military junk. The shipment, so the story went, included a vast quantity of useless antitank mines, broken-down Czech machine guns and heavy, worn-out cannon.

If the Kremlin's play for Guatemala had been some inexplicable practical joke, sending useless arms to Arbenz would indeed have been the cream of the jest....

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