March 2, 2004
When United States invaded Panama years ago, General Manuel Noriega double-crossed soul and dashed into church aggressors disinclined to enter. They instead aimed speakers and fired at saber-wielding tough guy. He’d survived Panamanian politics, high-stakes drug deals, and treacherous operations in behalf of CIA but couldn’t withstand auditory and psychological force of musical bombardment and chose surrender rather than destruction. Prison refuge awaited Noriega, option not open to most citizens.