going on with these friendly neighbors of ours? Where are they,
pray tell? What what what? Where where where? What and where
in the name of friendship integrity is going on?
When the USA and President George W. Bush are in need of companions along
the way, we go it solo without Canada and Mexico. So much for international
bonding when the chips are down.
If ever the US needed neighbors for closest comrades in this journey, it
has been since the start of this Iraqi tussle. Yet talk about the neighbors’
cold shoulder. There are those from both countries who openly have expressed
their shame in being Canadians and Mexicans.
We thought that when George W. Bush became President that Mexico, for example,
was bedfellow with our nation. How many fests did the two gentlemen share
for public view? Over and over again. But now, Mexico’s President Vicente
Fox is inordinately silent.
Have not Mexico and the United States sat at the same UN Security Council
table? Yes. So there sits the US pleading for reason and courage to topple
the bloody Hussein regime. In the face of that urgency, Fox plays foxy. As
late as today, March 20, Fox states that he is opposed to the war in Iraq
and sorely regrets any deaths ensuing.
Well, Mr. Fox, when it comes to war, there just may be some humans who will
have sacrificed their mortal existences. So not only will Mexico feel the
sorrow of such reality, the US populace will as well. But in an imperfect
world, there sometimes comes the time when lives lay down their existences
for their brothers and sisters.
How can Fox double talk without knowing that reasonable persons see right
through his hypocrisy. Of course, hypocrisy is the twin to political opportunism.
So let us not surprise when Fox tells his fellow Mexicans from the presidential
residence that his country calls for the disarmament of Hussein. Pray tell
then how that is to come about if there is not conflict? Fox, you can’t have
it both ways, though moronic minds may conclude same.
For weeks, Fox put on the face of broker to put off a military force; however
all the while he did not show his hand by revealing his country’s position.
Does not inaction along the way signal a position, Mr. Fox? Fools we are
Why was Mr. Fox thusly two-tongued? It is reported by the Associated Press
that he did not want to offend the political liberals within his country.
Do not these liberals understand that about 75 per cent of Mexico’s trade
comes from the US? Is not the US home to millions of Mexican migrants?
Yet such statistics don’t seem to count for opportunists as Fox and Country.
Then may the US remember all that the next time there are handouts requested
by neighboring nations in particular.
The Mexican recipients of US neighborliness thunderously applauded Mr. Fox
on Thursday when their President addressed them with his position on Iraq.
And what was still another purpose of the audience meeting with Mr. Fox?
It was to speak regarding migrant rights. Go figure.
"Mexicans who live in the United States feel proud of your firm and brave
position in the United Nations regarding war," said Lydia Hernandez, an adviser
to the Institute of Mexicans Living Abroad. "We know that it is a difficult
decision, but we want to say that we are with you."
Brazen at best. Brazen at worst. Brazen it is. Thanks for nothing, Ms. Hernandez.
And may your number slide back over the border southward — now.
Luis Gutierrez, another institute adviser, said Fox's position reflected
Mexico's "ethical principles and international political history."
What ethical standards are surging in Mexico and what moral base now governs
that ethical mode? One would wonder. And surely wonder we will. Yet more
so: the next time there are pleas from the southern friend, the US must toughen
up to set the higher standard of "wise as serpents."
Grant Swank, Jr., is the Pastor of New Hope Church in Windham,
ME. He is a a graduate of an accredited college (BA) and
seminary (M Div) with graduate work at Harvard Divinity School.
Pastor Swank has been married for 41 years and he has 3 adult
children. He is the author of 5 books and over 2000 articles
in various Protestant and Catholic magazines, journals and newspapers.
He writes a weekly religion column for PORTLAND PRESS HERALD
newspaper, Portland ME. His columns have appeared on MensNewsDaily.com,
IntellectualConservative.com, MichNews.com, Chalcedon.com, rePUNK.com,
ConservativeTruth.com, FreeRepublic.com (USO Canteen Chapel
link), WoundedShepherds.com (Insights link), among others.
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