Nation: Careless Plinthmanship

Post no bills in another nation's pantheon should perhaps be a cardinal rule of international relations. When Richard Nixon went to Mexico two weeks ago to promote neighborly cooperation, both he and President Gustavo Diaz Ordaz were probably unaware of a minor war of heroes that is being waged across their border as a result of some careless plinthmanship.

The paste potshots began when Mexican Social Psychologist Jose de Jesus Fonseca noticed an American magazine advertisement that he felt insulted the Mexican revolutionary hero Emiliano Zapata. Over a faded photograph of Zapata, the...

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