Arbenz is out. This week Guatemala, after four years of skidding toward the Soviet orbit and ten days of bombing and strafing by anti-Communist rebel invaders, found its President's Marxism and his Communist kibitzers too much. Top army officers forced him to quit, and took power with a junta of three colonels.
Arbenz flew off to exile in Buenos Aires.
The military assault that led to Colonel Arbenz' downfall was hardly a firecracker pop by modern standards. It consisted mainly of a miniature air war, waged by four obsolete rebel planes (see below).