MEXICO: General Reorganization

President Avila Camacho announced last week that he was about to reorganize the Mexican Army. The plan would involve retiring some 500 generals.

Mexico's generals, spawned by the Madero Revolution of 1911, which sent longtime dictator Porfirio Díaz scurrying to Paris, had multiplied with each succeeding revolt. Now the Mexican Army has so many generals that no one is able to count them accurately. Said a cynical Mexican official: "It is easier to count the soldiers."

The removal of the 500-odd generals from active service was not expected to cause either tears or gunplay. The generals would continue to keep their...

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