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By “Mark Andrew Dwyer”
30, 2006 (Updated August 28, 2007)
(Updated August 28, 2007)
Ass. Press has
a long history of masterfully wrapping the cow manure that they are serving to
American public under the name of "news". They learned how to doctor the truth and turn
it completely upside down without actually lying, just by selective reporting
of the aspects, properly exaggerated, that support their barely masked
anti-Americanism, while ignoring or discrediting the facts that contradict it.
It didn't surprise me, although I found it reprehensible, that in the days of
Mexican open assault on
In a recent
article Old war haunts debate between
So, let's stick to the facts. Here they are:
In 1848, the
So, if not de facto Mexican then, perhaps, de jure? Let's see. The claims to the
But the very
foundation of Mexican Empire's grandiose claims to (today's) Southwest as being
part of the former Spanish American “territories” that Mexico gave
herself the right to, was of dubious legitimacy (to say the least) as well.
Spaniards were notorious for claiming everything that no one else claimed, and
that was way more that they could swallow. Although Pope Alexander VI, shortly
after Columbus discovered America in 1492, issued Bull Inter Caetera (confirmed
in 1494 by the Treaty of Tordesillas) that gave Spain the right to a Western
part of the new lands, Spaniards’ permanent presence in (what's known
today as) Southwestern U.S. was marginal and their efforts to control the
region begun only about 50 years before the Spanish Empire collapsed in 1821. I
saw a Spanish map of North America dated at early 1700's where
To make a long
story short, a pope gave half of North America to
Now, millions of illegal Mexican "migrants" who came to the U.S. in last few decades (and whose ancestors never ever lived anywhere close to these territories), as well as the Ass. Press, use these facts as a foundation for their irredentism and revisionist claims to our land and all the improvements that we built on it. I don’t have to tell you how flimsy foundation it is1.
It is of utmost importance to note here that the value of that land in 1848 (the year when the U.S.-Mexican Treaty of Peace, Friendship, Limits and Settlement, commonly known as the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo, was signed on February 2nd) was marginal, and in no meaningful relationship to the value of this land today. The entire region consisted of undeveloped and inhabitable wilderness with relatively few established settlements and no economy or agriculture that might be worth of mentioning. The sole source of the astronomic value of this land today was the infrastructure that Americans built on it (paved roads, bridges, towns, cities, buildings, you name it) and proximity of strong American economy serving the needs of highly advanced, civilized American society.
At the end of
his article Mr. Rice quoted a Mexican who deplored a loss of "half the
country" to the
Footnotes 1(Added August 28, 2008) Their arguments in this matter may be compared to (imaginary) claims by the workers in the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing that manufactures the Federal Reserve Notes (a.k.a. as dollar bills) that they are "entitled" to most of the proceeds of money printing because they are the ones who physically make those notes. Well, it may be true, although the level of automation makes me doubt how much of the work while printing money can be actually credited to workers, but the fact is that virtually all value of dollar is a result and function of the American economy and not the printing process itself, or its quality or laboriousness. Similarly, the high value of the American land and natural resources it covers is a result and function of the same, and Mexicans contributed very little, if anything (one should subtract from their contributions what they were paid and all the economic help they received from us), to these assets. This analogy is worth remembering while debunking Mexican irredentist claims (and other myths) against the U.S. [top]
Readers’ comments: Compelling […].
Old war haunts debate between Mexico, U.S.
By John Rice, Associated Press
All But Ceded
Are Mexicans Populating the
Past commentary (April 27, 2006): “Their” Land
Past commentary (March 29, 2006): Liberation and Socialism, Or The Marching Morons?
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