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Monday, May 15, 2006
Freeking Stupid, Part xxxiii(vi.1a, b, c)
How can anyone think militarizing a peaceful border is a good thing?

This is an interesting take on the situation from the Mexican perspective:

Mexicans react to Bush's border plan | Chicago Tribune
Some were offended at a "militarization" they thought more appropriate for the border between openly hostile countries and feared that troops could become a permanent presence redefining the U.S.-Mexico relationship.

"It's worrying," said Arturo Solis, an immigrant rights activist in Reynosa, across the border from McAllen, Texas. "The bad thing is that the American government is insisting on confusing immigration with a criminal problem."

The move reminded some historians of 1913, when President William Taft sent troops to the Texas border. Mexico was in the midst of a chaotic revolution, and Taft was warning Mexican generals and rebels not to harm U.S. interests south of the border.

At the time, there was no real threat to American soil, but the U.S. public was clamoring for action, said Lorenzo Meyer, a prominent historian at the Colegio de Mexico.

"It sounds very familiar," Meyer said. "Taft said, 'No, no, no, this is not an unfriendly move. We just want to make sure that nothing happens at the border.' But it sent a signal that a peaceful border was being regarded as dangerous."
I guess it means we're going to start building palaces down there, too, just like in Iraq. Shortly Bush will dress up in a sombrero and ride up on his horsey to pose for the cameras.

And what is Vincente Fox saying about all this? Bush's ole buddy Foxy?

God, this makes me sick.

Good evening folks. And now back to art. Something using this image, perhaps:

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