MEXICO: Love & Hate

In an airplane crash on the cloud-draped slopes of windy Orizaba, eight Mexicans and eight U.S. citizens had died together. They had also died in the same cause. All were workers of the U.S.-Mexican commission fighting aftosa (foot & mouth disease).

The U.S. Embassy and the Mexican government exchanged notes of sympathy, and plans were made for an impressive joint funeral. But, sad to say, the common fate of the 16 did not contribute to international understanding. Instead, U.S.-Mexican friendship, which had blossomed steadily since Harry Truman laid a wreath on the Niños Heróes monument (TIME, March 17, 1947),...

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