Argentina Undue Obedience

A concession to the military

Bombs exploded at the offices of the ruling Radical Civic Union Party in four Argentine cities one morning last week. No one was injured, and no one claimed responsibility, but Vice President Victor Martinez blasted both "the extreme left and the ultra-right." Both sides, he said, had trampled on the "state of rights" that Argentines have enjoyed since 1983, when Raul Alfonsin became the country's first elected President after almost eight years of military dictatorship.

The motive for the bombings was fairly certain. A day earlier, the five- member Supreme Court had upheld a law granting immunity to about 200 military...