Mexico–America’s unfaithful friend and neighbor to the south
Over the past 24 hours I have been in an emotional struggle to deal with a certain reality. Maybe it is not a new reality; it is possible that I have been aware for years but never focused on it or wanted to focus on it.
Because I was raised and lived most of my years in San Diego, Mexico has always been a next-door neighbor. I grew up with peers of Mexican descent. I visited Mexico often in my early years and learned to enjoy the culture. Actually Mexican culture has always been present in southern California, thus it is not even necessary to visit the country to meet the culture. I studied and learned to speak Spanish fluently. I took a Mexican woman to be my second wife. And finally I have lived in Mexico for a total of over six years. I have always felt that Mexico and I were friends.
Yesterday this friendship suffered a blow when I learned about the measures that Mexico is taking to help the “refugees” from Central America reach their destination at the U. S. border. First, an agreement was reached between Mexico and Guatemala that Mexico’s southern border would be “loosened” to include building new crossing points and processing centers for those crossing that border. Next Mexico created a new category of temporary visa, specifically intended to allow these “refugees” a certain amount of time to reach their destination in the north. Note that this visa does not allow a person to stay or reside in Mexico—only to pass through the country.
It is very hard for me to see these actions as friendly towards the U. S. Mexico clearly knows that these “refugees” are crossing illegally into the U. S., yet they are supporting the movement instead of helping to stop it or slow it down. I know that some readers will make the invalid argument that Mexico is doing the just or fair thing because they believe that U. S. immigration laws are unfair. And of course we can argue all day about the fairness of the laws. But regardless of where we stand on the issue the laws exist and should be respected until such time that they are changed. It is absurd to believe that just because we don’t agree with an existing law that it is okay to violate it.
This is what leads me to see Mexico’s actions as unfriendly towards America, and has caused me stress over the last 24 hours or so. I needed to find a different perspective.
Connecting with Reality
And I have found another perspective. I realized that I have been naïve for many years in thinking that Mexico was actually a friend to America (and to me). My naivety has mostly been rooted in the idea that America is loved and respected throughout the world. Actually I have been aware for many years that this is not really true—that America is disdained in many places. But I tend to forget and slip back into the old belief that we learn growing up, and that is perpetuated even now in the news media and in other public discourse.
America’s Image Abroad
While this is not directly related to the point of this article, I want to elaborate a little on the reasons for my last statement. Imperialism is the act of exploiting the resources of other lands or countries. Some say it is outright theft, but at very least imperialism means taking unfair advantage and taking something for a less than fair price.
America of course is not the only country or empire in history that has been imperialistic. But if we focus just on America and look at history, we see that there came a time when the frontier ended—or was expanded beyond U. S. borders. The needs of a growing country and industry brought about the need to find resources to provide for this growth. People who defend imperialism argue that it is only a means of getting what the country needs—at the best possible price. And certainly it is not a new phenomenon; it has existed throughout most of human history.
My point is not to attack or defend imperialism here. I only wanted to point to it as a major reason that America is not well-liked in many other parts of the world. This is not getting better in the modern world. In fact it is probably getting worse. Currently we see a lot of financial imperialism throughout the world as the U. S. and other NATO countries try to keep their currencies afloat. This has been behind the recent conflicts in Iraq, Somalia, Egypt, and Libya—wars for the purpose of forcing out leaders who were not playing along and integrated into the “western” banking systems, and then installing leaders to be puppets and accept the western banking model. And by the way, Mexico is one of the countries that has most fallen victim to American imperialism—which I realize goes a long way to explain why they might act in an unfriendly way towards America now.
The final thing about which I must remind myself is that happenings such as what is occurring along the southern U. S. border now is really a part of the push for a New World Order—a desire for a borderless worldwide empire administered by a single governing body such as the United Nations. People in the highest positions of power in Mexico are a part of this too—a group of elites who look forward to world dominance for themselves in which they rule over a much reduced world population of slaves.
Sad to say that few people in the world are aware of this sinister movement. In Mexico there is now a lot of strife over the push to open up the national petroleum industry to outside “assistance.” Of course the average Mexican blames the U. S. for this; it is seen as yet another imperialist act. What they don’t realize is that their own leaders are behind the expropriation of petroleum precisely because they are part of the push for a New World Order that wants and needs to control all the resources around the world. Yes, the U. S. is part of this. But so too are many other countries of the world—including Mexico itself.
A Pain Pill
The realization I have described here serves only as an analgesic to temporarily relieve the pain I have felt from losing a friend. When we spend many years being imbibed with certain beliefs it is not easy to permanently change the way we think and feel. Though I may realize certain things that speak against the idea that America is always good and noble, those positive ideas and feelings have been deeply etched into my mind and soul and I don’t think that I will cast them off for as long as I live. Nor would I ever WANT to completely reject the idea that America is good. It is especially important to remember that the American people and their government or “leaders” are not one and the same. It is in fact possible to love the American people but dislike the government.