By Carlos Aznárez on January 30, 2017
“I am here to tell you, that we will recover our people’s morale and dignity, that in a short time they will not believe how big it has grown and it will challenge the future. We are refunding with a spirit of greatness what others have turned away from; a lack of jobs, misery, and loss of our self-esteem. Now, we stand and it will be forever.” Donald Trump? No, Hitler, in 1926. There is a likeness between the speeches of both leaders and there could be also similarities in their policies, if he is not stopped in time. Both sensed what resonated in the masses, in the silent majorities that had been left behind. People that were promised to be part of the great utopian dream and instead were left stranded halfway and in constant recession
Thanks to his ability to sense the right time to give a great shock, this herald of intolerance, authoritarianism and provocation, called Trump, arose. Crazy? No. This guy knows pretty well what he is doing and who is he speaking to. He also guessed that the receptive ears that listened to him during his campaign look at him as the man who has thrown them a lifeline into the middle of the contentious sea. This is why he’s so confident when he applies his xenophobic policy against immigration or when he imposes a islamaphobic filter against citizens of many Arabic countries. Trump feels supported by all those voters who fear and hate anything that is different. Meanwhile they rely on those very people to do the menial work they would not do themselves.
In this singular onslaught, there is also the singular “war” that the U.S. leader has begun against Mexico and its inhabitants— a war that is both against those who already are on American ground (over 34 million) and those who try to enter the country every day. Insulting those indispensable individuals that tamed the aggressive and unfriendly lands of the Empire (and therefore allowing them to access the best parts of it), Trump intends to build a wall, or, more precisely, enlarging the existing one.
Despite the usual acquiescence that President of Mexico, Peña Nieto has always shown to its powerful neighbor, this time he had to grind his teeth and bow down to the will of the masses, not out of dignity, but because he realizes that if he does not agree, the Northern nation will rise up and crush him. Trump’s challenge is begging to have multiple responses among the Mexican people, even among those political parties that once idolized the American flag. Hearing Vicente Fox say that the wall is “unacceptable” is pathetic, knowing how complacently the former Mexican president behaved during his tenure with Trump´s predecessors. Fox now recognizes just how angry the people are becoming and no one at this moment wants to be called a “cipayo” (sell-out) like Peña Nieto.
What should concern us now is not who will pay for the wall but the strength of our protests that must destroy the wall from all flanks. In order to achieve this, a necessary condition must exist—which many in Mexico are pointing out—, and that is for the popular revolt to have a higher degree of unity and patriotism, and therefore anti-imperialism. It is also necessary for this recipe of resistance and struggle to expand throughout the rest of the continent, challenging those erroneous predictions that validate Trump’s “nationalism”. The only nationalism that makes sense for those who live between the Rio Grande and Tierra del Fuego is to embrace is the one that expels transnational companies and their backers from our lands. It’s Latin America’s revolutionary nationalism, which has existed since 1959 with the heroic Cuban Revolution and strengthened by Hugo Chávez and the Bolivarian Venezuela, with Evo Morales, and others.
Just as Hillary Clinton represented the worst kind of war-mongering, Trump, with his McCarthyism, and his dreams of expansion through new and equally-dangerous free-trade treaties, or his hatred of the Arab nations that the U.S. invaded and destroyed, can’t be praised under any circumstance.
Today, Mexico and its people are on the front line of a battlefield that the imperial North imposes on them. And it is imperative that the rest of the continent must align with Mexico’s people, never with its rulers, without any sort of doubt.
Source: The Dawn