Central America: Frustration in Costa Rica

The U.S. tries to hold high-level talks with Salvadoran guerrillas

The most recent buzzword favored by the Reagan Administration in explaining its strategy toward Central America is "symmetry." The term ties together the problems of the region's two most serious trouble spots, El Salvador and Nicaragua. By symmetry, the Administration means that it intends to do unto the leftist Sandinista government of Nicaragua precisely what it believes the Sandinistas are doing to the U.S.-supported government of El Salvador: aid the guerrillas who seek its overthrow. The strategy is to reach the point...

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