Dominican Republic: The Long Wait

The twelve leftist rebel leaders had flown off to their new "diplomatic" posts abroad, as ordered by President Hector Garcia-Godoy. And all last week Dominicans waited for the country's right-wing military leaders to follow suit. And waited. And waited. And waited.

The diplomatic assignments were Garcia-Godoy's way of getting the leaders of both military factions out of the country and giving the hottest tempers on the island time to cool. The rebel departure alone seemed to help. Last week nightly shootings, bombings and other terrorism tapered off, and a leftist-called general strike fizzled even before it began.

All through the week, however,...