Dominican Republic: The Latest Excuse

The last time the Dominican Republic's right-wing army and leftist rebels tried to exterminate each other, President Hector Garcia-Godoy managed to stop them only by ordering the leaders of both sides to accept diplomatic assignments abroad. That was only a month ago, but last week they were at it again. The latest excuse was that Armed Forces Chief Francisco Rivera Caminero, who was to have been shipped off to Washington, simply refused to go. His transfer, the nation's top officers warned Godoy, would impair national security.

That brought a mob of students to the presidential palace. Police panicked, fired into...

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