El Salvador Swift Justice

Avenging the Zona Rosa

Salvadoran President Jose Napoleon Duarte could barely contain his pleasure last week as he read reporters a letter he had sent to President Reagan. "The battle we are waging today against terrorism," he declared, "is obtaining substantial advances, which are made possible thanks to the decided backing of your government." Then Duarte broke the news: security forces had arrested three of the eleven leftist guerrillas suspected of involvement in the killing of 13 people, including four off-duty U.S. Marines, during the June 19 attack on sidewalk cafes in the Zona Rosa section of San Salvador. Duarte praised "the efficient and disinterested...

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