Central America: Fears of War Along the Border

A covert U.S. operation slowly spins out of control

The rumors are everywhere: a whisper in a café here, a banner headline in a newspaper there. Throughout Nicaragua and Honduras, there is fearful talk of a war breaking out between the two neighbors. In Nicaragua, the Sandinista government has declared five provinces bordering Honduras "military emergency zones." The regime is advising citizens to stockpile rice and other foods, while the papers in the Nicaraguan capital of Managua are filled with stories about alleged CIA plots. In Honduras, airfields are being built close to...

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