President Obama used his State of the Union address to assure U.S. allies in the region and warn of "firm action" towards North Korea and their third nuclear test. (DMN, Feb. 14)
Iran informed the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency: "There is no word about visiting Parchin or any other site." So go home! ("Nuclear fuel ... , ditto)
We all realize the U.N. is impotent, but Iran and North Korea must feel the same about the United States. There was a time when merely a disapproving look was sufficient. But now countries show no respect even to a warning of "firm action." God help us all.
Once in your lifetime
Those who travel Mexico normally go for the beaches. Once in your lifetime, travel to Mexico City. The history, architecture, cathedrals, museums, shopping and wild cab rides will keep your mind off beaches.
The Catedral Metropolitana, probably the largest most of us will see, begun in 1573, took three centuries to complete. It sits on one side of the Zocalo, itself one of the largest squares in the world. To another side is the extensive Palacio Nacional (National Palace). At 6 p.m., the army marches onto the square. The 150-foot national flag is lowered into the hands of troops as drums and bugles sound. Several hundred citizens attend.
North of the city is the National Shrine of Mexico, the Basilicas of our Lady of Guadalupe, the old one begun in 1531, the newer in 1974. These, along with many buildings, are sinking as the area was built in one giant dry lakebed. Many buildings have been stabilized to sink evenly, but soft soil and building weight contribute to sinking.
While north, take a guided tour to the pyramids of Teotihuacan. Once buried, the giant pyramids were discovered when dirt was needed for railroad construction. Two hundred temples were estimated to have been at the site.
Back in Mexico City, spend a whole day at Museo National de Antropologia and the Palacio de Bellas Artes.
Look out at 4:30 Friday afternoon as throngs of people come out with you to enjoy cerveza, tequila and something besides Tex-Mex.