Latin America: New Russian Offensive

When a five-man Soviet trade delegation arrived in Colombia three weeks ago, Castroite guerrillas took the occasion to bomb a train and ambush an army patrol, killing 15 persons. In reprisal, President Carlos Lleras Restrepo jailed 200 Communist Party leaders, most of whom were uninvolved in the terrorism. The Russians did not blink an eye or utter a protest; they just pressed right ahead with discussions for expanding last year's $3,000,000 worth of trade between the two countries and setting up consular relations.

Last week the Russian delegation, scheduled to meet with Lleras Restrepo when the violence broke out, was still...

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