The Contras: What Next?

The contras have only to trace the wanderings of their civilian leaders to calculate the odds of the U.S. Congress's ever approving more military aid. Alfonso Robelo is tending business interests, including a small coffee finca, in Costa Rica. Pedro Joaquin Chamorro is working as a news commentator in Miami. There is talk that Adolfo Calero may establish a lobbying group in Washington.

From grunts to generals, the contras face the prospect of disintegrating as a fighting force. True, up to 2,000 remain inside Nicaragua, trying to press their campaign. But the vast majority of the contras, about 12,000 fighters, are...

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