ARGENTINA: A Monopoly of Force

"The guerrillas might still bring off some resounding feats," said retired General Eduardo Jose Catan, "but there is no doubt that they have lost the war." The general, speaking at the vast Campo de Mayo garrison outside Buenos Aires, was more prophetic than he realized. Just a few minutes after he finished talking, the guerrillas brought off the latest of their resounding feats: a time bomb planted in the reviewing stand blew out a yard-wide hole at the exact spot where Argentine President Jorge Rafael Videla had been standing. Because the ceremonies...