World: The Fretful Neighbors

MORE than a few Latin Americans harbor the suspicion that Salvador Allende's presidency may be unexpectedly brief. A Mexican television worker described one popularly held belief last week: "If Allende chooses to be a thoroughgoing Socialist, the Chilean army will decide, with a big wink from the U.S., that its sacred duty is to oust the man." There is no doubt that Washington is deeply distressed by the prospect of a Communist Chile. Ranking Administration advisers predict that a Communist country on the South American mainland would have far more influence throughout the hemisphere than Castro's Communist island could ever hope...

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