Portugal: Comic Odyssey

Since his days as Portugal's NATO military attache in Washington a decade ago, General Humberto Delgado, 55, has been an admirer of General Douglas MacArthur. He is not an admirer, however, of Portugal's Dictator Antonio de Oliveira Salazar. After Delgado fled to exile in Brazil in 1959, he began flooding his homeland with cream-colored pictures bearing a familiar slogan. "En voltarei," they proclaimed—"I shall return."

Last week Delgado disclosed that he had indeed returned, but only briefly and ingloriously. Back in Brazil after a secret twelve-day visit to Portugal that was more comic odyssey than triumphal march, he confessed that...

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