Central America: And Now, the Main Event

Military and congressional tensions rise as El Salvador goes to the polls

From the halls of the U.S. Congress to the mountainous reaches of El Salvador, the battle over the future of Central America became a war of scattered skirmishes last week. In Washington, partisan attacks flew back and forth, centering on the anti-Communist policies of the Reagan Administration. There also were harsh diplomatic exchanges between the nuclear superpowers, each accusing the other of complicity in the region's simmering conflicts, while both Soviet and American warships showed the flag in the Caribbean. In El Salvador, government soldiers...

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