The Hemisphere: Straight Talk from a Neighbor

Mexico's President presses the U.S. on Central America

The words were polite but assertive: "Democracy cannot use the arms of tyranny. Reason and understanding are superior to the illusion of the effectiveness of force." That advice from the rostrum in the House of Representatives, directed at the Reagan Administration's policies in Central America, came not from a Democratic Congressman but from Mexican President Miguel de la Madrid Hurtado, leader of a nation sandwiched between the U.S. and Central America, with a capital city nearly as populous as all of the isthmus' tiny republics...

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