DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: No Reasonable Alternative

A polite crowd of 15,000 sat through a barrage of speeches in a Ciudad Trujillo park one muggy night last week, applauding with the kind of suppressed boredom usually found at amateur theatricals. The occasion: a rally of "reaffirmation" for Dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo. In similar spirit, the Dominican Senate addressed itself to a resolution to erect two more busts of Trujillo in the capital, already so statue studded that new sites are scarce. The resolution passed.

Half-hearted is Trujillo's adulation, and half-hearted his opposition. Last week was the anniversary of the...

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