Conspiracy Nation -- Vol. 9 Num. 41

("Quid coniuratio est?")


By Fernando Benitez
(La Jornada, 10/6/96)
[Translation by Conspiracy Nation]

Our greatest misfortune -- and we have had many -- consists in being neighbors of the United States. The Monroe Doctrine ordained that America was to be for the Americans and Europe for the Europeans. Neither could interfere in the other's continent; the United States was to counsel and assist, in a fraternal manner, the former Spanish colonies. That generous guideline soon was relegated to forgotten memory, with the appropriation first of Texas and then later of half of our territory. Since then we have suffered aggressions, and even today the fishing of tuna and the export to the United States of iron, steel, cement, and even the avocadoes and Mexican tomatoes (gift of Mexico to the world) is prohibited -- all of that which competes with their own products.

If the Mexicans are racists, the Americans are moreso. They hate the blacks and the Hispanic immigrants. They have fenced off the frontier; at times they beat the illegal immigrants and deport them, in spite of the fact that the immigrants perform labor that the yankees disdain -- and that labor contributes to the growth of their economy.

By now we are not friends of the United States, but its enemies. If they have lent us money it is with the intention of charging tremendous interest.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez has written Historia de un secuestro [History of a Kidnapping], a terrifying book, and I ask myself: Why do the Columbians suffer? They suffer because more than 20 million Americans are drug addicts. And Mexico itself seems to be approaching a similar situation to that of Columbia.

President Clinton has promised to militarize the Mexicans in order to combat the drug mafias. This is ironic since the United States cannot (or doesn't wish to) bring down its own mafias -- How are they going to teach us to do it? In Mexico, important mafia chiefs have been apprehended, while in the United States not one has fallen.

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