To the National and International Press:
Ladies and Gentlemen:
The communique' is off concerning the recent troop withdrawal.
While, when the soldiers arrived, they did so furtively, they are now withdrawing with a great public show. If peace does, in fact, arrive, it does not matter to us that that they present as zapatistas those who are not (the ones from Aric), and the ones who waged the dirty war (the military) as great promoters of peace. It is the syndrome of the chameleon, who navigates according to how the media winds are blowing.
Vale. Salud, and may the end of the year also be the end of despair.
>From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast.
Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos.
December of 2000.
P.S. - Durito says he is going to change his name. It will no longer be "Don Durito of the Lacandona," but "Durito dot com." He says he's riding the wave of "business excellence" now.
Dialectic (or Self-Contradictory) P.S. . - Where Durito says always no, none of that "dot com," "nor excellence," nor "business." He said that during times of travel, what is needed is a sailor. La Mar agrees. I'm looking for seasickness pills.
Originally published in Spanish by the EZLN _______________________ Translated by irlandesa