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10 Jul 2018 5:19 p.m. PST
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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Jul 2018 12:22 p.m. PST

…and the Events of 1968.

"During the 1960s, United States intelligence officers in communiqués back to their supervisors in Washington DC lamented that the political situation in Mexico was so complicated as to evade easy and sure comprehension. They expressed frustration and uncertainty about such things as the role of communism in Mexico, the ideology of the protest movements taking place there throughout the decade, and the difficult logic of Mexico's relationship with Cuba.1 This confusion resulted from, among other things, the profoundly different views the two nations had of the Cold War.

2 The Cold War world was governed by the bipolarity established and enforced by the United States and the Soviet Union. Within this context, the superpowers engaged in a global struggle for nothing less than "the soul of mankind," each advancing their own agendas for the betterment of all. For the United States the route to progress lay in modernization through democratic capitalism, involving bringing the world's poorer nations into the international economy and elevating the living conditions of their people. Conversely the Soviet Union similarly advanced improvements in the material quality of life for the world's poor, but through the communist system. Thus, both superpowers had essentially the same broad agenda, but diametrically opposed ideologies governing how to achieve it. Practically, however, their methods for reaching this goal were not so far apart, both involving the assertion of their military and economic power over the world's weaker and poorer nations…."
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Legion 410 Jul 2018 3:38 p.m. PST

But everybody likes a carnival !

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP12 Jul 2018 10:41 a.m. PST



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