ARGENTINA: Rent-an-Army

Just about the only real growth industry in inflation-racked Argentina these days is the security business. The unceasing wave of terrorism has created a booming market for private armies of security agents who follow likely targets of guerrilla violence around the city during the day and watch over their sleep at night. The guards wear bullet-proof vests and carry shotguns, often discreetly wrapped in brown paper. On the street their coats bulge over hidden hand grenades. They stand guard in front of hotel rooms, communicating by walkie-talkie with their colleagues outside. Trip...

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