Central America Apocalypse Soon

Upstaged by talk of peace, the contras wait anxiously for new U.S. funds

Smart U.S. politicians have long known the value of belonging to the "Three-I League," that elite union of travelers who have pressed the flesh in Ireland, Italy and Israel. Today the shrewd officeholder joins the "Triple-M Society," with its itinerary of foreign policy hot spots: Moscow, Manila and Managua. Lately the congressional congestion in Managua and vicinity has become particularly acute. No sooner had Robert Dole and four other Republican Senators checked out of the Nicaraguan capital last week, after some verbal sparring with President Daniel Ortega Saavedra, than Democratic Senator Tom Harkin checked in for a high-level chat. Meanwhile, Representative...