The Hemisphere: Leftward Skid

So far, the main political beneficiaries of the revolt that ousted Dictator Marcos Perez Jimenez last January are Venezuela's Communists. Operating freely since the revolt, they showed their power by leading the spit-and-stone attacks on Vice President Nixon. Last week, in the embarrassed aftermath of the riot, Venezuela's leftward skid split the ruling five-man junta—but left the Reds uncurbed.

Oddly enough, Dictator Perez Jimenez gave the Communists their head start. He chased the leaders of the three major political parties into exile, shot or tortured many of their lieutenants, smashed their organizations. But he only pretended to persecute Communists. He exiled wealthy,...

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