El Salvador: Return of the Right

Ever since a junta of young army officers and civilians took over the government of El Salvador last October, the U.S. State Department has been worried about a drift to the Communist left in the smallest of Central America's tiny republics. Last week El Salvador's top military commanders showed that they were considerably more upset, and ready to do something about it. In a predawn coup, a band of tough, no-back-talk colonels, supported by wealthy coffee and banking families, booted out the question-mark junta.

The colonels had evidence to support their concern. During its...

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