Central America: Battling over a Not-So-Secret War

A court fight, a belated apology and pessimism in Washington

It began in late 1981 as a minor campaign of covert harassment aimed at disrupting Communist subversion in the Western Hemisphere. But last week it was difficult to tell who was more inconvenienced as a result of the Administration's not-so-secret war in Central America, the Sandinista government of Nicaragua or the Reagan Administration.

In The Hague, U.S. legal representatives appeared before the 15-member International Court of Justice to argue against a Nicaraguan demand for an end to "all financial, military and other support" for...

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