Dominican Republic: Abrazos in the Night

Back in the dim pages of Dominican history—four Presidents and two years ago—Leftist Juan Bosch and Moderate Joaquin Balaguer were both former Presidents who had been sacked by the military. Both were in exile and both had been forbidden to return by the Dominican government. With so much in common, the two struck up a long-distance friendship and began discussing their country's problems by telephone—Bosch from San Juan and Balaguer from New York. Last week, five days after Balaguer defeated Bosch in the country's presidential elections, the two met for the first time since their...