MEXICO: War and the People

Mexico verged on war, and the Axis had only itself to blame. Foreign Minister Ezequiel Padilla had already sent the Axis a violent ultimatum on the torpedoing of the Potrero del Llano (TIME, May 25). Then last week off Cuba the Axis bungled into torpedoing the 6,607-ton tanker Faja de Oro, which Mexico had grabbed from Italy last year, and whose commander openly boasted last month that he had rammed and sunk an Axis sub.

High Tension. Mexico City observers who had said, "All they need is another sinking," now said, "Here they...

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