El Salvador: A Battle of Military Egos

As a minor mutiny ends, the U.S. reaffirms its support

The bizarre rebellion ended as suddenly as it had begun. But when Lieut. Colonel Sigifredo Ochoa Pérez gave up his six-day mutiny against Salvadoran Minister of Defense General José Guillermo Garcia last week, the damage had been done. The incident highlighted what many analysts feel is a troubling obstacle to U.S. aims in the embattled Central American nation: a lack of discipline on the part of the Salvadoran military. All too often, its leaders seem to be more concerned with internal rivalries than with fighting left-wing guerrillas united under the banner...

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