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the earmarks of a dig at the Argentine Foreign Minister." Replied Welles: "Yes, it certainly was, Mr. Foreign Minister." ARGENTINA VS. BRAZIL Thus, vividly, was illustrated the most important important thing that developed behind the scenes at Rio de Janeiro—the determination of the United States to help those who help her. And because Brazil battled every minute for American policy at Rio, another important result result of the conference was that in the century- old see-saw between Brazil and Argentina Brazil definitely took the lead in Pan American power politics. On the surface, Argentina, once the recognized recognized leader of Latin-America, forced the Rio conference to "recommend" instead ot "decreeing" "decreeing" a break in Axis relations. But behind the scenes, Argentina suffered a defeat from which it will not soon recover. VTVA MEXICO! Cleverest strategy to shove Argentina into the background was evolved by Brazil's Aranha when he actually made Foreign Minister Padilla of Mexico the hero of the conference. Aranha knew the traditional rivalry between Mexico and Argentina for the Spanish-speaking Spanish-speaking leadership of the Western Hemisphere. Located at opposite ends of the continent, both consider themselves dominant among Spanish- Americans. So Aranha,.foreign'tm.inister "of a non-Spanish, non-Spanish, Portuguese - speaking, country, planted'a claque in the galleries which, on the first day cheered Mexico's Padilla to the skies, Brazilian newspapers did .the rest, untii Padillo, with his demands that all nations cut their Axis ties immediately, immediately, became the most famous personage in Rio. Then, at the last session of the conference after all the set speeches were concluded, suddenly suddenly the galleries shouted: "We want Mexico!" And they kept it up untii Foreign Minister Padilla went to the rostrui::. There, he delivered the most eloquent speech of the entire conference, pointing his finger at the Argentine and Chilean delegates and calling upon them to break with the Axis. It was beautiful oratory—probably prepared well in advance—and Mexico was cheered to the echo. The entire conference rose and applauded. applauded. But Argentine Foreign Minister Ruiz Ginazu slumped in his seat; his hands clenched, not clapping. Among the Spanish - speaking countries, Mexico had stolen the show from Argentina. And in hemisphere politics, Portuguese-speaking Portuguese-speaking Brazil had taken a long lead over its traditional traditional rival. •

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  1. The Express,
  2. 05 Feb 1942, Thu,
  3. Page 4

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