THE AMERICAS: The Problem of Per

The Problem of Perón

U.S.-Argentine relations were worse last week than they had been in years. Washington had tried hard to understand the Peronista outlook; it had hoped that by using euphemisms for "dictator," granting fat loans and looking the other way when freedom and justice were violated, it could turn Juan Perón away from totalitarianism. But Washington was wrong.

In speech after speech Perón had proclaimed equal distaste for Russian Communism and U.S. capitalism. Then Perón forcibly suppressed the independent newspaper La Prensa and jailed two U.S. journalists for trying to report the event (TIME, March 12).

All this was complicated by...

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