Thursday, January 14, 2010

Mole Men to the Rescue!

While the US is offering Haiti the services of George W. Bush (who, it must be said, does have experience with natural disasters in former French territories), Mexico is sending something considerably cooler and more useful. (We're just lifting this whole from The Mex Files, and will pay all appropriate royalties.)

While three Mexican military planes are on their way to Haiti with 15 tons of relief supplies, and two naval ships — the Huasteco and the Papaloapan — are steaming towards the disaster-struck nation, a special shout-out should be given to an unexpected good Samaritan, PRI Federal Deputy Francisco Rojas.

Rojas has convinced his fellow PRI Deputies to chip in to pay the airfare for probably the best — and most needed — resource Mexico can offer it’s sister Republic: la Brigada Internacional de Rescate Tlaltelolco-Azteca, the Mole Men of Tlaltelolco.

A spontaneous response to Mexico City’s own tragic earthquake of 18 September 1985, the Brigada’s nucleus were residents of Tlatelolco who — when several apartment buildings collapsed — and the PRI controlled government was either too paralyzed or inept to act — took it upon themselves to rescue their trapped neighbors. While the original crew included some, like sewer workers, who had the special skills useful for the dangerous work of digging though unstable rubble, many relying on a very tough on-the-job training program.

In the years since, the Mole Men — all volunteers who are willing to walk off their jobs and risk their lives for complete strangers anywhere in the world where natural disasters strike have become one of, if the THE, most respected search and rescue teams in the world. After the Christmas Tsuami of 2004, German airline Lufthansa provided free transport to the Mole Men from Mexico City to Indonesia, where an Australian Air Force plane (and crew) was put at their disposal.

Not that we don't think W. will do a heckuva job, of course...

(Incidentally, we mean mole, not mole.)

6 comments:

Mexfiles said...

Royalties to HSBC ACCOUNT No.
4042482604

That's the Haitian Centro de Acopio account in Mexico City.

Anonymous said...

I can't get on Facebook at work, but that doesn't mean I can't monitor your insults. Damn you, Koughan. Damn you.

Burro Hall said...

If making fun of this is wrong, I don't want to be right!

Anonymous said...

If you cut me, do I not bleed? Where does your joy come from?

Julie said...

I'm not gonna lie; it took me until the 3rd paragraph of the quoted section to stop wondering "Does Mexico think sending guys who cook mole to Haiti is really what Haiti needs right now?"

Anonymous said...

One of your links has a lovely photo of a mole surfacing for air. The other link must be monitored by the TSA because this is what comes up:
Forbidden

You don't have permission to access /bigmap/outoftown/arizona/phoenix/restaurantoaxaca/05mole.jpg on this server.

Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.