The Perils of Negotiating

U.S. officials oppose dealing with the Salvadoran rebels

As the civil war worsens in El Salvador, enthusiasm grows in the U.S. to find some new way out of the bloodshed, an undefined "negotiated settlement" in place of the elections scheduled for March 28. The sentiment has spread from diehard liberals to the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, and has surged increasingly through Capitol Hill. The House of Representatives last week voted 396 to 3 for a carefully hedged resolution that sought "unconditional discussions" among the warring factions in El Salvador. In addition, 104 Congressmen,...

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