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Why Does Mexico Oppose Us?
by J. Grant Swank, Jr., Pastor
21 March 2003

How can Fox double talk without knowing that reasonable persons see right through his hypocrisy?

What is 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 not.

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.

Jose 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."

Joseph 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,,,,,, (USO Canteen Chapel link), (Insights link), among others.

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