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From:  Glynn Custred

Maybe you can answer a question I
have. Bush has met with Chretien of Canada and Blair of
Britain, our closest allies, concerning the vicious
September 11 terrorist attack on the United States. Bush
has also been in consultation with European leaders,
including Vladimir Putin, who have all expressed
solidarity in one way or another (so far at least). Just
yesterday he met with the Prime Minister of Japan.

But what has Bush`s very best
buddy in the whole wide world, Vicente Fox,

about the terrorist attacks? How has Fox
demonstrated his commitment to the New North America
with its melted borders? What has best friend Fox said
about our shared economic fortunes and our shared
citizens? Has Fox changed his OPEC defined oil policy so
that cheaper oil will soon flow across the non-existent
border so that our economic crisis in this time of
trouble might be mitigated?

I`m sure Bush`s very best buddy in
all the whole world has strongly condemned the
terrorists, has reaffirmed his commitment to a blended
North American that has merged Mexico with the United
States, and I am sure he is ready taken steps to help
his NAFTA partner economically in the best way he
possibly can.

I`m sure he`s said and done all
that. I just haven`t heard about it.

Please inform me.

[Glynn Custred
is Professor of Anthropology at California State
University, Hayward and the co-author of

Proposition 209
. His
important October 2000 article on the immigration
problem as experienced by Americans on the Southwest
border has been rescued by from implosion of
American Spectator`s website and is now

by us.]


Since Glynn Custred wrote us on Wednesday, Fox has
voiced his support, finally, in a limited way,
specifically ruling out military support. On Larry King
Live, he


While Fox said Mexico will help the United States
diplomatically and would be willing to share
intelligence and supply oil, he said he does not expect
Mexico to participate in any U.S. military operation.


"Militarily speaking, we don`t count. I mean, we are not
a military country," Fox said. "We don`t have a strong
army. That is not the way we contribute."

Well, that`s
true – Mexico certainly has not contributed in that way
to any recent U.S. war.  Mexico sat out World War I and
in World War II sent a total of one

Mexican Fighter Squadron

Columbia Encyclopedia`s discussion of wartime President

Avila Camacho
describes Mexico`s contribution
to the defeat of the Empire of Japan:

During World War II, he
cooperated with the United States in programs of
hemisphere defense, reciprocal trade, and agricultural
labor exchange and sent (1945) a

Mexican air squadron

to fight in the Pacific.

The “War on Terrorism” is likely to drag on for a while,
but if we knew in advance when the last year of it was
going to be, that would be the year that Señor Fox would
send troops.

banners were conspicuously absent from the

Korean War
, when even
Colombia and Luxembourg sent forces.


does have
an army of
130,000, with reserves of 300,000, and it spends 4
billion dollars a year on the military. But according to
leftist peace activist

Fred Miller

The Ejercito`s competence at its original function,
resisting other armies, is also irrelevant. Mexico is
not at risk of invasion; it outspends Belize and
Guatemala by forty times. US military spending is 52
times Mexico`s. No contest there. There is only one job
the Mexican Army can, and does, do. That is its de facto
mission, repression of unarmed civilians. The Ejercito
Mexicano, like most militaries in most poor countries,
is the battalion big enough to fight against trade
unions, tribal councils, farmer`s cooperatives and
artisan`s guilds.

But this army,
Fox thinks, is not strong enough to fight Osama bin

Navarrette of the


Morning News

a good

of Fox`s
vacillating, which he obviously finds embarrassing.
Mexico did actually sign the 1947

Rio Treaty
, which states
that “an armed attack by any State against an American
State shall be considered as an attack against all the
American States and, consequently, each one of the said
Contracting Parties undertakes to assist in meeting the
attack in the exercise of the inherent right of
individual or collective self-defense, recognized by

Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations
It`s just that Mexico apparently doesn`t feel bound by

According to Ginger Thompson in the

New York Times

(September 27, 2001) Fox is now making stronger
statements after his earlier comments were criticised as
being “ambiguous and bound by conditions.”


But Fox has a problem. As soon as he tries to be helpful
to the United States, the Mexican Congress cries


But the attacks and Mr. Bush`s declarations against
terrorism have unleashed a resurgence of bad feelings
toward the United States that threatens to undermine
Mexico`s new high-profile status.


Mr. Castañeda, the architect of Mr. Fox`s campaign to
make Mexico a more active influence in the world, has
been scolded in Congress as a traitor. Some legislators
called for his resignation.


Carlos Fuentes, the writer who is a former ambassador,
said, "We are partners to the United States, but in no
way should we be `yes men` to the United States." He
used a derogatory word that also translates as

Question for
George W. Bush: maybe the Mexicans just don`t like
American very much?

Navarrette (
) also points out
that the attack on New York was literally an attack on

and presumed dead in the rubble are at least 500
Mexicans who were working in the World Trade Center on
September 11. Will Mexico help avenge their deaths? Will
it aid their survivors?

probably “no,” since the Americans are already
obligingly doing both. Lisa J. Adams of AP


that an aid fund has been set up by the 31 US states
that have offices in Mexico:

The Sept. 11 Fund is intended to help relatives of those
killed and injured in the attacks and those who may have
survived but lost jobs in the United States, said
Beverly Halls of the United Fund Private Assistance
Institution, the private Mexican organization handling
the donations.


Many Mexicans worked in hotels, restaurants and offices
in the World Trade Center towers, which collapsed after
being struck by two hijacked airplanes on Sept. 11.


 [US Ambassador to Mexico Jeffrey]
Davidow said there would be no discrimination against
survivors of the attack who had been working illegally
in the United States, or against relatives of the
victims who come forward to help with the identification


"I want to stress that the lack of legal papers is not
going to be in any way an obstacle," Davidow said.
emphasis added.

The one good
thing that has come out of this is that the Mexican
Government has proved that it can prevent people from
crossing the border when it wants to.


New York Times
27, 2001) reports that

the Mexican government has added agents along the
border in an effort to close the porous points where
illegal immigrants routinely cross. Agents now rummage
through the guest houses where people wait to be walked
across the border by guides for a $1,000 fee.

"We have more
people at the federal, state and local levels working
the border, and it is paying off," Mr. Escobar said.
"For example, 13 men from Yemen were apprehended last
Saturday in Agua Prieta, just across from Douglas.”

After the
crisis has settled down, we could suggest to Señor Fox
that it would be much simpler just to prevent
from crossing the border illegally –
Mexicans, Salvadorians, and Yemenis alike.

This would
simplify the task of the Mexican Army, and avoid the
inevitable charges of profilismo.

And, oh – we
can find no reports that Fox is considering letting the
U.S. have cheaper oil.

When in
1938, President Lázaro Cárdena

oil industry, a theft of an almost unthinkable
magnitude. Other countries boycotted Mexico, refusing to
buy stolen oil, but World War II made such scruples
impracticable, with the Allies desperate for oil to
fight Germany and Japan.  World war II saved the Mexican
oil industry.

shutdown  in the Middle East will give the Mexican
economy a terrific boost. Maybe Mexican workers will  be
able to stay home.

September 30, 2001