Re: There's no business like business

Maggie Jaffe (mjaffe@MAIL.SDSU.EDU)
Wed, 6 Aug 1997 13:51:18 -0800

Dear Sixties People:

Randy wrote: "There we were in the belly of the beast trying to deal with
the beast's worst moment (My Lai) but forced to acknowledge that the beast
was Cerberus-like, with many heads. Astonishing moment."

United Fruit Company and My Lai, what an unlikely alliance. Ernesto
Cardenal (again) also has an amusing reference to Sam Zemurray, a
Turkish-American fruit importer, who became the major shareholder of United
The condition was that the Company build the Railroad,
but the Company wasn't building it,
because in Honduras mules were cheaper than the Railroad
and "a Gongressman was chipper than a mule,"
as Zemurray used to say. (*Zero Hour* New Directions, 1980)

There is also an expression in Mexico-"making an American"-meaning "to make
After all, the business of America is business.