THE AMERICAS: Congratulations & Solidarity

Heartening to the U.S. last week was the response of the Americas to the occupation of French territories in North Africa. Like a string of firecrackers igniting in Canada at the north, one after another the great & good neighbors in the Western Hemisphere snapped off diplomatic relations with Vichy.

The moves gave national leaders an opportunity to muzzle Vichy collaborationists working with Axis agents and the Spanish Folange. At the same time such leaders as Mexico's Manuel Avila Camacho and Brazil's Getulio Vargas emphasized that breaking with Vichy was no severance of the cultural and sentimental ties between the...

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