Colombia: Dictator's Comeback

All that could be heard in Colombia's Congress was the jeers of the opposition. Pleadingly, the nation's President, Guillermo León Valencia, 55, raised his hands for quiet. "Liar!" howled the opposition. "Assassin!" As TV cameras flashed the scene to fascinated viewers, Valencia fought to be heard. "There are slaves," he shouted into the din, "who despite their freedom hold a nostalgia for chains!"

Three weeks have elapsed since that noisy opening of Colombia's Congress, but Bogota's capitol building still rings with the shrill cries of the same opposition. Its aim is the overthrow of President Valencia and the end of...

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