MEXICO: Ambush in the Plaza

When a team of U.S. and Mexican inspectors, vaccinating Mexican cattle against aftosa (foot & mouth disease), set out for the mountain country northwest of Mexico City, it was warned of possible trouble. A scout reported that villagers and farmers in the area were being told by the deeply Catholic, anti-government Sinarquistas: "He who cooperates with the anti-aftosa commission is a traitor. Do not cooperate. The anti-aftosa is a. Russian Communist plot to destroy your cattle."

Stocky, brown-haired Robert Proctor, the 23-year-old team leader, was not the sort to walk away from...

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