They Also Made History

Two Won Elections, One Broke the Gender Barrier, One Continued to Spread Terror Jose Napoleon Duarte Beaten and Banished, He Returned to Rule

It is not just that he became El Salvador's first elected civilian President in half a century. Nor that he began peace talks with leftist rebels after five years of convulsive bloodletting. Those achievements, impressive as they are, only hint at why Jose Napoleon Duarte has come to embody the desperate hopes of a nation. His singular quality is his bravery.

Duarte's best moment came in October at La Palma, the slumbering mountain town where the first meeting with the guerrillas was held. He spurned the offer of a bulletproof vest and arrived with only a few aides. No armed guards...

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