THE AMERICAS: Sunny, Then Chile

"Is the U.S. ready to treat Latin America's 20 nations as equals, strengthening her flank in a great and historic continental combination?" This question dominated the official Peronista press as Henry Holland's airplane landed in Buenos Aires. As part of the process of answering, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State next morning talked privately with Juan Peron. Whatever the Secretary said (in fluent, Mexican-accented Spanish) and heard, the chat set a sunny tone for his visit.

At a banquet the night before he left, Holland offered a rich, buttery toast to Peron: "A great American, a great Argentine—" Peron...

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