Wednesday, July 14, 2010

"Get Villa and Get Him At Once!"


It was like some crazy dream. Pancho Villa and his cross-border raiders rode into the town of Columbus, New Mexico, in March, 1916, blazing away, burning the town and escaping back into Mexico. Elements in the USA sprang to arms and gave chase with a "Punitive Expedition" including George Patton on horseback, bi-planes, trucks, telegrams and Buffalo Soldiers. At some harrowing points during the nearly year-long operation, American troopers crashed into Mexican federales and nearly provoked a second Mexican-American War. Pancho, meanwhile, at odds with the federales and Doughboys, escaped capture.

Only German U-Boats provided cover and a way out for the Americans: entry into the First World War, heading "Over There" to Europe. Out of the frying pan, into the fire . . .  Meanwhile, Mexico's sense of nationalism, if anything, was bolstered; perhaps most significantly, the Political Constitution of the United Mexican States was ratified in February, 1917, just as the last US troops were leaving Mexico.

Isn't the recruitment poster above quaint?  Like so many others, it coaxes volunteers using patriotism and a sense of adventure:

"COME ON, BOYS, BE READY TO SHOULDER THE TRUSTY SPRINGFIELD" . . . "THE BOYS ARE NOW CROSSING THE ALKALI DESERTS AND JUNGLES OF MEXICO." WHAT FOR?  THE GOVERNMENT ORDERS ARE GET VILLA AND GET HIM AT ONCE!  . . . The Flag, Old Glory . . .

At the outset of any conflict, it works every time.

Today's Rune: Breakthrough.    

6 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

Humans are so easily manipulated.

Lana Gramlich said...

The more time goes by, the more I wonder why we have a border at all, in ways.

Anonymous said...

人家都說男人到大陸都會外遇包二奶
老婆淚眼說擔心他外遇
他了解老婆的擔心,只好用錢去彌補分離的缺憾
漸漸的,老婆的電話愈來愈少…
她說,她是怕自己太依賴
漸漸的,他知道其實是她有了外遇
於是,面對自己外遇的行為,他忽然覺得好過了些…

Anonymous said...

結婚、離婚、結婚又離婚...
陳經理喜孜孜的帶著他的新婚妻子參加公司聚餐
陳經理一直是身邊親友茶餘飯後的話題
這是他的第四任妻子
背叛似乎是總慣性
也似乎之於陳經理而言,離婚也能成為一種慣性
他總是因為外遇而離婚
一次又一次
當女人渴望名分,他就要求另外一個女人成全
他流連花叢,女人不因他的離婚紀錄而卻步
似乎卻總是認為自己能夠成為那個「特別的人」
結婚、離婚對他而言不具意義,只是一種手段
反正他總是能找到另一個傻女人

Anonymous said...

人家都說男人到大陸都會外遇包二奶
老婆淚眼說擔心他外遇
他了解老婆的擔心,只好用錢去彌補分離的缺憾
漸漸的,老婆的電話愈來愈少…
她說,她是怕自己太依賴
漸漸的,他知道其實是她有了外遇
於是,面對自己外遇的行為,他忽然覺得好過了些…

Anonymous said...

結婚、離婚、結婚又離婚...
陳經理喜孜孜的帶著他的新婚妻子參加公司聚餐
陳經理一直是身邊親友茶餘飯後的話題
這是他的第四任妻子
背叛似乎是總慣性
也似乎之於陳經理而言,離婚也能成為一種慣性
他總是因為外遇而離婚
一次又一次
當女人渴望名分,他就要求另外一個女人成全
他流連花叢,女人不因他的離婚紀錄而卻步
似乎卻總是認為自己能夠成為那個「特別的人」
結婚、離婚對他而言不具意義,只是一種手段
反正他總是能找到另一個傻女人