To: Whispering Smith
Actually, I don't think we will. The analogy of Albanians in Kosovo/Mexicans in the United States is weak. Although we may say we have a leftist government, and it is certain Mexico has had a leftist government, we have not experienced fifty years of Communist dictatorship, with the extinction or suppression of opposition movements. The Aztlan supporters in the U.S. are fringe movements. Most Mexicans want to live here and send money back to Mexico, not see Mexican sovereignty here.
Secondly, we have a federal system with strong state governments, which Yugoslavia didn't have. The republics of Yugoslavia couldn't see an alternative in the Yugoslav governmental system between strict union with Belgrade and independence. Our states serve as such alternates. California may tax greenhouse gases, but if Utah doesn't, the industries move to Provo and Bonneville. We also have a system of established civil rights that aren't nationality-based, despite the grumblings about preference we see on line. (We, unlike Zimbabwe, are not confiscating farms based on color).
Furthermore, we are a much bigger country than Yugoslavia/Serbia/Kosovo. We have more room to absorb peoples.
Even furthermore, we are absorbing different peoples. Do you think the Indian immigrants or Vietnamese or Chinese are going to want to live in Mexico? It's more polar in Serbia these days. What about American blacks? Would they want to be in Aztlan or Mexico? I don't think so.
I never heard the argument relating Serbia's treatment of ethnic Albanians in Kosovo to America's policy towards Mexicans in the United States until 1999. I suspect it was invented to justify Belgrade's actions in Kosovo. Its validity is weak, and I have a hard time, having lived 50 years and reading the literature of the past century, to think any "if this goes on" trend will last. It isn't true with the current model of global warming; it wasn't true with population; and the Soviets certainly didn't bury us. Things change too fast to make these sorts of predictions.
posted on 02/08/2007 1:20:33 PM PST
(being dragged, kicking and screaming, into the Kingdom of Heaven....)
I guess we will just have to see which of us has it right. But just to be safe I suggest you start taking Spanish lessons and studying Mexican history.
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