Central America Slipping and Sliding Around Peace

The U.S. tries to slow a "runaway train heading downhill"

Their stated mission was to educate, not to interfere. But the State Department advisers who traveled to Central America last week had more in mind than a polite review of the peace accord that five Central American nations, including Nicaragua, signed in Guatemala City in early August. U.S. officials admitted that their goal was to slow progress on the peace plan, which, as far as the Reagan Administration is concerned, should never have been adopted in the first place. Said a U.S. diplomat: "It's like trying to put the brakes on a runaway train heading downhill."

The Administration also tried to...