El Salvador,Killing That Will Not Stop: Killing That Will Not Stop

EL SALVADOR

The leftist offensive is not final, after all

In the tiny, crowded killing ground that is El Salvador, 10,000 people died by violence last year. That total seems certain to be surpassed in 1981. Last week leftist guerrillas of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (F.M.L.N.) began their long-promised "final offensive" against the forces of the military-civilian junta: more than 800 people were killed.

The seemingly inexorable, escalating tide of violence was sucking other countries into the vortex. Even before the start of the leftist offensive, the Carter Administration had become alarmed by evidence that the guerrillas were obtaining large quantities...

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