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MEXICO: The Eagle and Fox

Responding to my appeal for clarification about the squabble over the Mexican eagle, Alejo Orvaņanos has kindly sent me a document showing it. Traditionally, the eagle was depicted perched on a cactus and clutching a serpent in its beak. According to the legend, this was the omen which told the Aztecs where to establish what is now Mexico City.

In the new version, the eagle is still there, with the vanquished serpent (the PRI ?!) in its beak, but the cactus has been replaced with a curved band displaying the national colors of Mexico. To me the new version suggests a more peaceful, modern Mexico. The alleged F for Fox is in the eyes of the PRI and the PRD. They are as prickly as a cactus.

Ronald Hilton - 12/18/00