"Unless the Mexican government takes steps to integrate these people, who are basically subsistence farmers, into the economic life of the nation," he warns, "this rural rebellion is likely to become a permanent guerrilla movement.

"We'll see bombings, kidnapings; it will be like a low-level infection in Mexican life that doesn't kill the patient but plagues it for 30 years."
Perhaps, in light of his recent track record, Keller's analysis of the big-picture meaning of the Chiapas rebellion is worth a listen, too. Noting that Indian dissatisfaction is not confined to one tiny, far-off Mexican state--but is, instead, a worsening nationwide crisis--Keller gives a grim forecast.

"The uprising in Chiapas was a little message to the Mexican government and all of us," he says. "The poor have to be accommodated in this world. They have been put on the back burner for too long.

"They're knocking on the door. And they're coming in.

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