Time to Make Decisions

General Gustavo Alvarez Martínez, many Hondurans believe, wields more power than the country's President. Alvarez, 45, met with TIME to voice his views on the Central American crisis. Excerpts:

On the Sandinista threat. Nicaragua has said in an international forum that Honduras is threatening and hurting it. It is Nicaragua that is a base for a war of conquest in the Caribbean Basin. Nicaragua is supporting subversion in Honduras and uses our territory for the traffic in arms. We are also seeing a disproportionate growth in the Sandinista armed forces. In a period of three years, they have grown more than threefold...

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