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The Mexican Murders

After the horrific murder of 9 U.S. citizens in an ambush in Mexico, Senator Tom Cotton from Arkansas thinks invasion and war might just be the answer. Cotton is apparently unaware of the reality that the victims were also citizens of Mexico, part of a group of Mormons who began settling in Mexico in the mid 19th century as ABC News points out: What to know about the Mormon community in Mexico following brutal ambush killing of Americans.

As for Cotton’s call for invasion, George Santayana was right: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”. Senator Cotton should read the history of US-Mexican relations to learn that the US has tried that approach before and it failed.

Those closer to the victims have a different solution: A Mormon family mourns their dead in Mexico and calls for the US to rein in its guns.


1 shirt { 11.09.19 at 12:43 pm }

When I was naturalized I had to renounce my Dutch citizenship and any other loyalties I might have. I’m sorry these people got horribly shot up but why do we owe them anything? Shouldn’t they be treated the same way as all foreigners to the USA are? Or is what this another case of “American exceptionalism”?

2 Bryan { 11.09.19 at 3:12 pm }

This an attempt by a right-wing troublemaker to use the deaths of women and children for partisan political motives. The US doesn’t allow dual citizenship for naturalized citizens, but the children of US citizens born abroad are quite often dual citizens. Ted Cruz was born in Canada, but his mother is an American citizen so he is considered a dual citizen of the US and Canada. These Mormons have maintained their US citizenship, even though most, if not all, were born in Mexico. There are Native American tribes along the border who are all US and Mexican citizens because their reservations straddle the border.

Elizabeth Taylor is a rather famous dual citizen having been born in Britain of American parents, which made her eligible to be appointed a Dame by Queen Elizabeth.

Added: Yes, “exceptionalism” is definitely part of Cotton’s claim.