PANAMA: A Historic No

Panama's decision to call a meeting of the United Nations Security Council in Panama City was primarily intended to embarrass the U.S. for maintaining control of the Panama Canal—and it succeeded. On opening day, the delegates arriving at Panama's Legislative Palace faced a three-story billboard that declared in the five official U.N. languages: "You may rest assured that in our negotiations with the U.S. you will always find us standing on our feet and never on our knees. Never! Torrijos."

In a 20-minute speech delivered at the first session, Panama's "Leader of the Revolution," Brigadier General Omar Torrijos, assailed the...

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