Caught in the Crossfire

Honduras' democracy is threatened by meddling neighbors

In a region where military strongmen have often held sway, the election of a civilian President in Honduras 2½ years ago was hailed as a triumph for democracy. For a time, it appeared that this nation of 4 million people, the poorest in Central America, might escape the turmoil that troubles neighboring Nicaragua and El Salvador. But the conflict has since spilled over Honduran borders. U.S.-backed anti-Sandinista guerrillas have turned the country into a staging ground for operations against leftist Nicaragua. Two weeks ago, the...

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