MEXICO: Test of Solidarity

Since the American republics first realized World War II was on they have been energetically thinking up ways to defend themselves against it. Set up were: a Pan-American-patrolled neutrality belt, machinery to take over European-owned New World colonies, plans for economic collaboration and mutual military defense of the hemisphere. But these blueprints for security had only theoretical, not practical, approval. Last week the first real test of Pan-American solidarity arrived.

It began fortnight ago in Mexico's east-coast port of Tampico. Under cover of storm and night four Nazi freighters quietly slipped their moorings, headed out into the Gulf of Mexico. As...

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