CABLE TO DIRECTOR FROM LINCOLN RE GUATEMALAN 1954 COUP

Created: 6/14/1954

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: 14 JUN 54

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PAGE HERE AND HAS EMPHASIZED FOLLOWING POINTS AS BEING OF CRITICAL IMPORTANCE AT THIS TIME. HIS VIEWS ALSO CONFIRMED BY ALL OTHER EVIDENCE AVAILABLE LINC.

ARMY COMMAND VERY LIKELY TO TAKETHE REGIME IF IT CAN BE PERSUADED THAT PBPRIMETHAT REGIME AND COMMUNISM MUST BE ELIMINATED. PBPRIME WOULD hqi SPELL OUT HOW IT EXPECTS RESULTBUT SOME OFFICIAL EXPRESSION CONVEYING THE CONVICTION

METHOD OF ACCOMPLISHING THIS VIEW WHICH WOULDWITH OAS APPROACH AND STILL HAVE SUBSTANTIALWSBURNTWOULD BE TO HAVE THE HIGHEST POSSIBLEOR ATOP ODACID OR ODEARLEXPRESS CONCERN OVERJiEGJMEARMS TO CAUPESINOS. THIS CONCERN (WHICH IS SHARED BY WSBURNT

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ARMY) SHOULD BE PREDICATED ON THE SHOCKING DISOREER WHICH WOULD ENSUE INCLUDING INDISCRIMINATE KILLING OFEHEADING" OF ANTI-COMMUNISTS) PLUS WANTON INSTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, PBPRIME CANNOT PERMIT SUCH DISORGANIZED TERRORISM TO OCCUR PARTICULARLY WHEN LIVES AND PROPERTY OF ODYOKE CITIZENS WOULD BE ENDANGERED. EMPHASIS SHOULD BE ONTO AVOID IMMEDIATE CLAIM THAT IT IS MOVE TO PROTECT UFCO. CONCLUSION SHOULD THEN BE FORCEFULLY STATED THAT IF SUCH DISORtERS DO OCCURESULT OF THE REGIMESARMS DISTRIBUTION ACTIVE STEPS BY PBPRIME WILL BE TAKEN TO PROTECT OWOKE CITIZENS BY RESTORING ORE6R. YOU WILL RECOGNIZE THIS AS STATEMENT OF ONE COURSE ACTION SUGGESTED IN WHITING MEMO, TO LYNAEE SHOWN PLAYDON ON SATURDAY. PAGE STRONGLY OF OPINION AND LINC AGREES THAT SUCH STATEMENT MIGHT BE ENOUGH PUSH WS8URNT ARMY INTO SOME ACTION OR AT LEAST CREATE THE KIND OF DISSENSION BETWEEN ARMY AND REGIME NECESSARY TO SUPPORT CALLIGERIS MOVE.

2. CANNOT OVEREMPHASIZE VITAL IMPORTANCE OF IMMEDIATE ACTION AS MOMENT OF GREATEST IMPACT IS NOW AND EVERY HOUR'S DELAY BEYOND MIEWIGHTUNE LESSENS LIKELIHOOD OF BEING SIGNIFICANT AND INCREASES DANGER OF ARMS ACTUALLY REACHING RED PARTISANS HANDS.

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