CABLE TO DIRECTOR FROM GUATEMALA CITY RE GUATEMALA 1954 COUP

Created: 6/24/1954

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1a WAY BE ONLY OUR OWN EMOTIONAL PENDULUM, BUT BELIEVE GOVT, WHICH PANICKEDJUNE, RECOVEREDUNE, GETTING GROGGY AGAIN. PBPRIME NEtSMEW SAY GOVT REPS THEY DEAL WITH SHOT RENEBED FEAR, SUMO CHIEF OF PROTOCOL TOLD PRESS "THERE IS TOO MUCH FIGHTING GOING OtfCHOING SUMAC .VIEW GOVT CANNOT STAND PROLONGEDiSHEM BEGINNING FEELAffn-GOVTf ORCTS BILL WIN IF THEY COMBINE!N NO;iTH IVITH'DltAMATIC- ACTJ; IN CAPITA]

GOVT NOT TELLING PEOPLE ANYTHING. ARMY COMMUNIQUES MOSTLY PROPAGANDA, CONTAIN FEB FACTS, POLITICAL NOT MILITARY IN STYLE,

FEEL IT SIGNIFICANT GOVT HAS NOT-TRIED STAGE MASS RALLIES, STANDEL, Ca-VifES APPARENTLY FEAR TAKE ANY ACTION PRECISELY AMONG "KE BASSES CHOSE SUPPORT THEY CLAIM. ALSO NO REAL EVIDENCE BORKERS

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PLANNING DESPERATE, LAST-*ITCH STAND. POSSIBILITY REMAINS. BUT AT

PRESENT APPEARS WORE LIKELY ALLEGED dIE HARDS WILL CLAIM THEY NEVER

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% GENERAL IMPRESS ION IS ONE OF SPONGY, SHAPELESS, GUTLESS GOVT AND PEOPLE. AMONG THESE BLIND, MYOPIC ONE-EYED MAW CAN BE BOSS.

6. WHERE AS DRAMATIC STRIKE AGAINST CAPITAL GOULD HAVE BEEN LESS USEFUL IN LAST FEU1 DAYS, BELIEVE TIME FOR IT, IN VIEWSAP IDLY COMING AGAINC WITH WOUNDED RETURNING. RUMORS ABOUT FRONT WILL THRIVE. IF FAVORABLE TO US, WE SHOULD REINFORCE THEM WITH AIR STRIKES; IF UNFAVORABLE, WE SHOULD COUNTER THEMo GESTRUNE,

70 KNOB THIS HARD TO BELIEVE, BUT PEOPLE SITTING HERE LIKE KiDSTH JULY FIRECRACKERS TO GO OFF. THE POPULAR IMAGINATION IS FASCINATED BY THE IDEA OF BOMBSTO PEOPLE, BOMBS WILL SIGNIFY FORCE MAJEURE, TURN OF TIDE THEY DO WOT UNDERSTAND PSPRItE SOPHISTICATION, HUMANE CONCERN. RECOMMEND WE SPEAK TO THESE KIDS IM KIDS LANGUAGE IG

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CABLE SECRETARIAT COMMENT: MR. ESTERLINE, WH. NOTIFIEO OF RECEIPT

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