Panama: No End to Rigidity

After eight days on the scene in Panama, a five-nation OAS investigation team (Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico, Paraguay, Uruguay) flew back to Washington last week, unwilling to side either with Panama or the U.S. on the Jan. 9 Canal Zone riots. Officially the investigators kept a diplomatic silence pending a formal report to the OAS Council. Unofficially they said they found no real proof of U.S. charges that Castroites had instigated the first riots — though pictures of later fighting did show Communist troublemakers in the forefront. The diplomats also concluded...