Meanwhile, In El Salvador . . .

Duarte hopes the proposal will repair his tattered image

Jose Napoleon Duarte has enjoyed his share of lucky breaks over the years, but even he must appreciate the propitious timing of the latest Central American peace proposal. Often cited as the showcase of U.S. efforts to bolster democracy in Central America, El Salvador is in deepening trouble. The civil war that has claimed 70,000 lives in eight years shows no sign of winding down. A much heralded campaign to revive the economy has foundered. Even the President's most striking accomplishment, the sharp reduction in killings by right-wing Salvadoran death squads, has been compromised by a recent spate of murders of...