Peru: Heading for a Showdown

What were those Seabees doing last week bricking over windows in the U.S. embassy in Lima? Repairing earthquake damage was the official reply. Earthquakes? Lima has not suffered a serious shake in 30 months. Actually, the Seabees were preparing for a possible upheaval of a far different sort. In the past few months, relations between the U.S. and Peru have been disintegrating so rapidly that American diplomats fear that the embassy may become a target for mob violence.

Time is pressing. Unless there is a last-minute compromise, or a U.S. decision to...

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