Pancho Villa: The Original bin Laden?

USA Today seems to think so.

In an article published today, author Rick Hampson calles Villa a “terrorist” and says the modern-day cult of the Mexican revolucionario (complete with “taquerías across the nation” proudly displaying his ‘wanted’ poster) akin to celebrating Osama bin Laden’s legacy in the future.  

“Lower Manhattan in 2096, as tourists visit Osama bin Laden State Park, where they learn how the Muslim militant planned the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, how he eluded U.S. forces, and why he hated America.

It’s outrageous, far-fetched and much like Columbus today, says Richard Dean, whose great-grandfather was killed when 500 Villa soldiers hit this border town on March 9, 1916, during the Mexican Revolution. It was the worst foreign attack on the continental United States—until Sept. 11, 2001.”

The report states.

Born José Doroteo Arango Arámbula in San Juan del Río in the state of Durango and nicknamed “The Centaur of the North,” Francisco “Pancho” Villa is considered a Mexican hero; his remains deposited in Mexico City’s Monumento a la Revolución alongside the likes of Presidents Venustiano Carranza, Francisco I. Madero  and Lázaro Cárdenas.

You can read the entire USA Today article here.

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