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NEWS: Mexican military aid convoy makes history

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posted on Sep, 11 2005 @ 09:46 AM
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For the first time since 1846 a mexican military presence will be officially operating in US territory. Contrary to the gloom, doom, and corruption news we get about mexico daily, their purpose is not the historical raiding or aiding smugglers but helping victims of Katrina.
 



www.taipeitimes.com
An army aid convoy headed toward the US border on yesterday was due to become the first Mexican military unit to operate on US soil since 1846. It carried water treatment plants, mobile kitchens and supplies to feed the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Large Mexican flags were proudly taped to many of the 35 olive-green Mexican Army trucks and tractor trailers as they rumbled northward out of Mexico City on Tuesday morning.

The office of Mexican President Vicente Fox said the convoy was due to cross into Laredo, Texas, early today.

Radio talk shows and newspapers buzzed with excitement at this turning of the tables for Mexico, which has long been on the receiving end of US disaster relief, and which lost half its territory to the US in the 1846-'48 Mexican American War.

"This is the first time that the United States has accepted a military mission from Mexico" for such work, said Javier Ibarrola, a newspaper columnist who writes about military affairs in Mexico. "This is something that's never happened before."

The convoy had "a very high symbolic content," said Javier Oliva, a political scientist at Mexico's National Autonomous University. "This is a very sensitive subject, for historic and political reasons," he said.

The trucks, carrying 195 unarmed soldiers, officers and specialists, are to proceed to Houston, Texas where they will apparently be used to produce water and hot meals for people evacuated from the New Orleans area.



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I am sure some on both sides will see this as an affront to national pride. Others in political circles will see it as another bargaining chip in the contentious subject of immigration by mexicans nationals. However I would hope to see at least some truly grateful at the spirit of giving, no matter what the underlying political reason is.




posted on Sep, 11 2005 @ 10:49 AM
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Great article! Really good read and very interesting. For some reason I can't vote this article up.



posted on Sep, 11 2005 @ 10:25 PM
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The people of mexico are helping the people of the united states when they are in need. Perhaps now some of the people in the United States can take it easy on mexicans who are in desperate situations and cross the border illegally. This is not to say that it should be permited, but if they can act out of humanity, perhaps the rest of us can consider humanity in these situations.



posted on Sep, 12 2005 @ 12:06 AM
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The greatest nation in the world is in so much trouble it needs Mexico to help? Sad day for America. If our presidents weren't so busy with the things that don't matter this never would have happened. Democrats busy with Special Intrest Groups and Republicans busy with Big Business, if only they were busy doing there jobs!



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