Chile: Difficult Choices

Chileans last week braced for the most important presidential election in their republic's 152-year history. Practically every wall in Santiago was painted with campaign slogans, excited crowds surged to outdoor rallies, and loudspeakers blared political pitches late into the evening. No matter which of the three candidates they cast their ballots for, Chile's 3,500,000 voters risked provoking violent repercussions.

If they elected the Communist-backed candidate, Dr. Salvador Allende, to the presidency, he might turn the country into a dictatorial Marxist state and might even cancel the 1976 elections. Moreover, his election...

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