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Honduras: Honduras In the Middle: United States Policy and the Central American Crisis
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President Suazo Córdova assumed office at a time of extreme political ferment in Central America. The United States government was seeking to halt or roll back the advances of what it considered to be pro-Soviet forces on the isthmus. The leftist insurgency launched by the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (Frente Farabundo Martí de Liberación Nacional -- FMLN) in El Salvador had been underway for some two years, and the outcome of the struggle in that country was in doubt. In Nicaragua, the FSLN -- with close ties to Cuba, the Soviet Union, and other communist states -- ruled repressively and continued a military buildup unprecedented for the region. Honduras -- a country poor in resources, lacking in democratic traditions, and strategically located between these two revolutionary governments -- almost inexorably drew the attention and involvement of Washington.

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