GUATEMALA: Fighter's End

President Carlos Castillo Armas and his wife were to dine alone one night last week in the block-long Presidential Palace in Guatemala City. Not even one of the wiry President's military aides was present as the couple strolled arm in arm down the long, wide hallway from their bedroom apartment to the dining room. Only the crack Presidential Guards stood duty in the series of archways that led to the courtyard gardens.

As the couple passed by, one sentry, a stocky half-Indian named Romeo Vásquez Sánchez, snapped his heels together at attention, slapped his...

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