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With Tom Friedman’s depressing column in today’s New York Times, “Behind the Masks,” he discusses the problem of masked militias battling each other in the Middle East. And says clearly that we should,

Get used to it. In today’s environment, where the big divide is between the world of order and the world of disorder, you can expect to see a lot more confrontations between armies in uniforms and helmets and armies in blue jeans and masks.

Thankfully not all masked men are bad guys out to create havoc and chaos. Some have emerged to defend the most defenseless creatures in the world, baby sea turtles.

Thankfully, Mexican wrestling legend, El Hijo del Santo emerged from his secret lair

in Mexico City to fight for truth justice and the rights of endangered wildlife last weekend at the world-renowned sea turtle nesting camp of Rancho Nuevo in northeastern Mexico. A camera crew from the BBC and my two colleagues at WiLDCOAST Fay Crevoshay and Aida Navarro, accompanied Santo.

He spent the weekend releasing recently hatched turtles, monitoring the progress of nesting leatherbacks and learning about the biology of these endangered chelonians from Mexican National Park Service Biologists.

As Santo surveyed the wild beach filled with baby sea turtles, he said with tears in his eyes, “When you see this all this wonder and perfection you know God exists.”

Why is it that in our lesser-developed neighbor to the south, biologists and caped crusaders are fighting to protect baby marine animals and in La Jolla, the wealthiest and most spoiled people in the world can’t share their space with a colony of harbor seals? Maybe we can invite a group of Lucha Libre stars to La Jolla to educate those Lilly Pulitzer-wearing, Jaguar driving, anti-animal activists about sharing. Don’t they teach that skill in Kindergarten?

Thankfully, a Caped Wrestler, someone who makes his living fighting Blue Demon, Mistico, and Kendo in the Lucha Libre rings worldwide, has more compassion and more insight into how lucky we are to share this planet with its natural inhabitants, than the richest people on Earth.

For our sake, I say, forget Bloomberg as the next independent candidate for president. I am voting for El Santo. Look for him tomorrow on the BBC worldwide.

— SERGE DEDINA

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