Bolivia: View from the Volcano

Bolivia's President Victor Paz Estenssoro, 57, lives on top of a volcano. In his three terms of office since 1952, he has made so many political enemies that he is a virtual prisoner of his bodyguards. He dares not leave the country for fear of a revolution, and he spends so much time keeping order in his bleak and violent Andean nation that he cannot really concentrate on the basic economic problems that cry for attention.

Last week his volcano blew skyhigh.

Preaching Hatred. The warning rumbles have been growing ever since the...