MEXICO: The People Cheered

Wrinkled old women toasted tacos over glowing charcoal. Children hawked bright clusters of United Nations flags. Clerks, military cadets and women with shawl-draped babes in their arms filled Mexico City's great central square, the Plaza de la Constitución. All eyes focused on the presidential palace. The crowd had heard but the crowd could not believe. Was it possible, even on the 132nd anniversary of Mexico's revolt against Spain, that old and bitter political rivalries could be dissolved in the crisis of war? It was.

On to a platform strode President General Manuel Avila Camacho, who called for full collaboration with the...

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