ARGENTINA: The Unexploded Bomb

Argentines waited in fear for bloodshed on May Day. Rumors buzzed that President Juan Perón and other orators were going to seize the occasion—Argentina's Labor Day—to stir up mob violence against the Roman Catholic clergy. But Perón is a masterly politician who knows how to backstep to avoid trouble—when he wants to avoid it. In his May Day speech to the workers massed in the spacious Plaza de Mayo, he took a few routine whacks at the church, but he also said: "Be firm and alert, but quiet." And quiet the day was.

Vast Relief. Perón's admonition was a vast...

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