Guatemala: A New and Deadly Phase

Guerrillas and the army escalate combat

Windows in the genteel Zona Diez district of Guatemala City rattled last week to an increasingly familiar sound: the blast of terrorist bombs. Local residents merely shrugged off the dynamitings—and that in itself is a sign of how life is changing for the worse in the most populous (7.5 million) and richest country in Central America. A chaotic, four-year confrontation between government and Marxist guerrilla forces is entering a new and deadly phase, one that is escalating on both sides.

A bustling tourist haven in the past,...

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