As nearly as I can tell, Mexican President Vicente Fox's speech on "Mexican Foreign Policy in the 21st Century," delivered in Madrid, Spain, on May 16, was completely ignored by the American media.
The foreign policy discourse was delivered to the "Club XXI" in the "Hotel Eurobuilding" (yes, the Eurobuilding!). You can read it here if you know Spanish.
(Fox went to Europe, by the way, after visiting New York City, where he demanded the U.S. capitulate to his immigration demands or lose the chance for a "privileged relationship" with Mexico.)
There's something about being in Spain that encourages Fox to speak very bluntly about relations with the United States. Perhaps it's because he doesn't expect what he says to be publicized in the U.S. See, for example, his comments last October about Mexican immigrants "exporting" Spanish to the U.S.
But thanks to VDARE.COM, Mr. Fox's blunt speaking is being brought to your very own computer screen for your own consideration!
The U.S. media continue to call Vicente Fox "pro-American." I find this rather curious, since I read a lot of Fox statements and the guy almost never says anything positive about the U.S. The contrast with George W. is particularly telling. Dubya gushes on and on, like a lovesick schoolboy, about Fox and all things Mexican. He has even said, "I want to accommodate my friend." It looks suspiciously like a case of unrequited love on Bush's part. (I refer the reader as well to my article on the Fox administration's contradictory and underwhelming response to the 9/11 aftermath.)
Well, anybody who thinks Fox is "pro-American," or that he is some kind of conservative Republican soulmate, had better heed his words in Madrid.
Fox spoke approvingly in Madrid of the developing "New World Order," or as he terms it, the "Nueva Agenda"–New Agenda.
Fox said in Madrid that
"In recent years a new International System has been developing, oriented toward the establishment of norms and principles of universal jurisdiction, above national sovereignty, in the areas of what is called the New Agenda, such as human rights and democracy, questions of gender and discrimination, the protection of the environment or the war on organized crime and corruption."
".... The construction of new rules of international co-existence must continue.... we are actively participating in various forums in the construction of this international architecture."
Pretty much the same globalist rhetoric that politicians from most nations, including our own, utter at international forums. But don't worry, Fox gets more specific as he goes on.
Fox boasted about Mexico's participation in that notorious UN "anti-racism" conference held in Durban. You know, the one where bashing Israel and demanding slavery reparations seem to have been the principal activities. Mexico's representative at Durban, Gilberto Rincon Gallardo, supported slavery reparations . But he took it one step further–reparations must be paid to the world's ex-colonies as well. (Presumably not including the U.S.)
In the Madrid speech, Fox spoke of Mexican-European relations, affirming that
"Mexico is closely linked with the European nations for historical reasons and because of cultural affinity."
That sounds quite reasonable. After all, Mexico is part of the Western World. But when Fox speaks of "Europe" is he speaking of "Western Civilization" or the "European Union?"
".....it is logical that Mexico approach Europe. We have an identity of values which unites us with the European nations, even more than with our neighbors of North America."
Hold it right there! Didn't George W. Bush, in his annual Cinco de Mayo speech, when he said that Fox was "my good friend," declare that "The United States has no more important relationship than the one we have with Mexico" and that the U.S. and Mexico have "common values and a shared culture"?
But whaddya know? "Good friend" Vicente feels he has more in common with the Eurocrats than with George W. Bush.
Fox went on to recount international issues in which the Fox administration has co-operated with the European Union to advance their shared "identity of values" and "convergence":
Fox mentioned their co-operation in the UN "Human Rights Commission" and the Kyoto Protocol.
The Fox administration also worked closely with the EU at the UN's recent conference on childhood. (Ironic that the UN, some of whose own aid workers and peacekeepers have sexually abused West African refugee children, still lectures the world on how to treat children.)
The first axis of Mexican foreign policy, said Fox, is a "more intense activity in multilateral forums." Hmmm. The second axis?
Let Fox explain:
"The second axis of Mexico's foreign policy has been the construction of a strategic association for prosperity with the United States and Canada....
"The density and complexity of the themes of our bilateral agenda with the United States.... has a particular dimension for the presence of large Mexican communities settled in that country, more than 20 million Mexicans."
Over 20 million Mexicans in the U.S.? Fox is including American citizens of Mexican ancestry in this figure.
Fox goes on:
"In the last few months we have managed to achieve an improvement in the situation of many Mexicans in that country, regardless of their migratory status, through schemes that have permitted them access to health and education systems, identity documents, as well as the full respect for their labor and human rights."
What is Fox talking about here?
Fox has more:
"All this has meant, in the past year, an extraordinary conceptual advance on the subject of immigration and in the importance of moving gradually toward the regularization of the migratory situation of our fellow Mexicans in the United States, a number that is estimated at between 3 and 4 million Mexicans."
(This time, Fox is referring to illegal alien Mexicans. Phew!)
"Eventually, our long-range objective is to establish with the United States, but also with Canada, our other regional partner, an ensemble of connections and institutions similar to those created by the European Union, with the goal of attending to future themes as important as the future prosperity of North America, and the freedom of movement of capital, goods, services and persons."
(I saw this part on Mexican TV- Fox paused momentarily and then put an emphasis on "persons.")
"The new framework we wish to construct is inspired in the example of the European Union..."
Fox, however, sees one small obstacle to his EU-style vision for NAFTA:
"....we have to confront ..... what I dare to call the Anglo-Saxon prejudice against the establishment of supra-national organizations."
"Nevertheless, I believe that with realism we can overcome the obstacles and construct a more prosperous and secure community for our peoples."
In other words, Fox believes he can overcome American resistance to his globalist New Agenda for their country.
Is that what Americans want?
If not, they'd better speak up soon.
Allan Wall is an American citizen who has lived and worked in Mexico since 1991. Presently employed as an English instructor, Allan has legal permission from the Mexican government to live and work in Mexico under the rubric of an FM-2 migration document. His VDARE.COM articles are archived here; his Frontpage.com articles are archived here. Allan Wall welcomes questions or comments (pro or con) at email@example.com.
May 29, 2002