According to a press report, the convoy qot quite a send-off as it made its way to the U.S. border: "People cheered, waved, honked car horns and rang bells in villages as the convoy snaked up to the border this week."
I suspect the reaction in Texas today may be different. I imagine there are quite a few pairs of dirty panties among the redneck Anglos in Texas today. So maybe this is Montezuma's revenge.
Note to Americans who have forgotten their history: Mexico lost 50% of its territory to the U.S. after the Mexican-American War. And, yes, the Mexicans remember. Duh.
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Heads turn as Mexican troops roll into US with aid
NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico, Sept 8 (Reuters) - A Mexican army convoy rolled into the United States on Thursday with food, water and medicine for Hurricane Katrina victims, the first Mexican military operation on U.S. soil in 90 years.
Part of an aid package that includes ships and rescue teams, the convoy of 45 olive-green vehicles and some 200 troops went over the Rio Grande into Texas from the city of Nuevo Laredo, witnesses said.
Mexicans, who often have a love-hate relationship with their northern neighbor, are surprised and proud at being able to help in the hurricane aftermath. Mexico has often been the recipient of foreign aid for earthquakes and other natural disasters.
People cheered, waved, honked car horns and rang bells in villages as the convoy snaked up to the border this week.
While millions of Mexicans have trekked north in pursuit of the American dream, many at home are still sore at having lost half their territory to the United States in the 19th century. Read entire story