ECUADOR: Peril of Peacemaking

The sky-high republic of Ecuador last week was the stage for an increasingly familiar scene. In a handful of cities, mobs dragged the U.S. flag through the streets, stoned U.S.-Ecuadorian "friendship centers," set afire a U.S. consul's car. In Quito, the American embassy was stoned, and 20,000 demonstrators, chanting "Cuba, Rusia y E-cua-dor," marched to a rabble-rousing pep rally led by President José Maria Velasco Ibarra and his pro-Communist Interior Minister Manuel Araújo.

"If justice is not done to Ecuador, there will be no peace," cried Velasco. "If necessary, we will become allies of Russia," shouted Araújo, and the mob...

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