Turning Up the Heat

For U.S. policy in Central America, the day of reckoning nears

"There are a lot of balls in the air at the same time," said a State Department official last week, talking about the quickening pace of U.S. diplomacy in Central America, and indeed there were. Vice President George Bush visited El Salvador and demanded in unequivocal terms an end to the political murders being carried out by right-wing extremists. Henry Kissinger, along with eight members of the bipartisan presidential commission he heads, was in Mexico and Venezuela gathering fact and opinion for the report that is scheduled to go to the...

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