The World: The Football Warrior Returns

When it comes to staging military coups, Honduras' swarthy Army Commander General Oswaldo López Arellano, 53, has had plenty of on-the-job training. In 1963 he overthrew the liberal government of Dr. Ramón Villeda Morales in order to end what the general described as "flagrant violations of the constitution." López's eight-year rule was notable mostly for the four-day "football war" with its neighbor El Salvador in 1969, a skirmish that started after Honduras claimed that its honor had been insulted during a soccer game between the two countries' national teams.

López stepped aside last year in...

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