Argentina: The Unwelcome Mat

Spain's General Francisco Franco allowed Argentina's General Juan Domingo Peron to settle in Madrid five years ago with only one condition: the ousted South American strongman was not to engage in politics. Peron plunged forthwith into a career of remote-control intrigue that reached a ludicrous anticlimax this month when a long-heralded attempt to return home ended in his being sent back to Spain from Rio. Last week Franco decreed that the Argentine would either have to sign a pledge within 30 days forswearing political activity or leave Spain.

Though reluctant to abandon...

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