Argentina: A Healing Peace

Six months ago, President Arturo Illia, 63, an obscure back-country physician, took office in Argentina amid a wave of good will and relief. At the time a foreign diplomat said: "The best thing Dr. Illia could do is to do nothing for six years." That seems to be exactly what the good grey doctor has in mind; he seldom leaves the palace, makes few speeches and fewer decisions. Yet by doing almost nothing, Illia seems to be giving Argentines what they need—a healing peace to recover from the 18 months of military-dominated government and economic confusion that followed the...

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