CENTRAL AMERICA: The Shadow of Castro

Deep in the tangled bush on Costa Rica's side of the Nicaraguan border, Costa Rica's Civil Guard Commander Alfonso Monge, 45, walked up to a dilapidated shack, threw open the door, and fell dead in a hail of bullets—a casualty in an angry flare of violence that raced across Central America last week. Before the rattle of small arms and the whomp of mortars died down, three governments —in Costa Rica. Nicaragua, Guatemala—had felt the hot breath of revolt. 29 men were dead, and the U.S. Navy was patrolling offshore to guard against...

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