American Foreign Policy Slips on Banana Peels – Turmoil in Central American Paradise

31 July 2014 AD

Cause & Effect – Stuff You Should Know

Concerning a seemingly endless flood of Central American refugees, illegal aliens – PEOPLE – flooding over our southern border, angry, fearful Americans say, “Send them all back to where they came from.” Easier said than done.

Standing atop overpasses to wave banners and signs protesting this human tragedy makes us feel good, but does it affect the situation? As with all problems, if one does not know the cause, one cannot affect change.

I hear and read comments about how wonderful life is in Central America. Idyllic vacation resorts don’t expose the ugly underbelly of Central American life.

Now also we would not have you ignorant, brethren… – 1 Thessalonians 4:13

 Why do we call them ‘Banana Republics’?

Available on Amazon.com
Available on Amazon.com

Consider this excerpt from the book Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World
Author: Dan Koeppel
Publisher: Hudson Street Press
Copyright 2008 by Dan Koeppel
pages xiii-xiv, 63-64

 

 

“[Bananas] are the world’s largest fruit crop and the fourth-largest product grown overall after wheat, rice, and corn. … In Central America, [American banana companies] built and toppled nations: a struggle to control the banana crop led to the overthrow of Guatemala’s first democratically elected government in the 1950s, which in turn gave birth to the Mayan genocide of the 1980s. In the 1960s, banana companies — trying to regain plantations nationalized by Fidel Castro — allowed the CIA to use their freighters as part of the failed Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba. … Eli Black, the chairman of Chiquita, threw himself out of the window of a Manhattan skyscraper in 1974 after his company’s political machinations were exposed. …

“On August 12, [1898], Spain surrendered [Cuba in the Spanish-American War] and the United States gained control over the island, opening a naval base at Guantanamo Bay. Over the next thirty-five years; the U.S. military intervened in Latin America twenty-eight times: in Mexico, in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Cuba in the Caribbean; and in Panama, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Costa Rica and El Salvador, in Central America. The biggest consequence of those incursions was to make the region safe for bananas. One of the first businesses to enter Cuba was United Fruit. The banana and sugar plantations it established would eventually encompass 300,000 acres. An 1899 article in the Los Angeles Times described Latin America as ‘Uncle Sam’s New Fruit Garden’, offering readers insight into ‘How bananas, pineapples, and coconuts can be turned into fortunes.’ …

hauling fruit in Honduras

“[But the U.S.] public knew little about events like the 1912 U.S. invasion of Honduras, which granted United Fruit broad rights to build railroads and grow bananas in the country. They weren’t aware that, in 1918 alone, U.S. military forces put down banana workers’ strikes in Panama, Columbia and Guatemala. For every direct intervention, there were two or three softer ones, accomplished by proxy through local armies and police forces controlled by friendly governments. One of the few observers to take note of the situation was Count Vay de Vaya of Hungary, who … upon returning from a visit to Latin America, described the banana as ‘a weapon of conquest.’ “

Meet the ‘Enemy’

pogo-met-enemyCorrupt U.S. foreign policies have led to the plunder of Central American nations for well over 100 years. As a nation, we have sown to the wind and now reap the whirlwind. Societies wallowing in poverty and crime are the consequence of outrageous injustice foisted upon Central American laborers by means of crony capitalism funded by U.S. tax dollars.

Reality is often difficult to accept. We prefer to believe we, as Americans, are victims. Sadly, this is not the case. Which political party should we hold responsible? Answer: All of them. Over the last 100+ years of our republic, Democrat and Republican governments have perpetuated disastrous foreign policy in Central America.

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Definitions of ‘banana republic’:

derogatory a small country, esp in Central America, that is politically unstable and has an economy dominated by foreign interest, usually dependent on one export, such as bananas (Wordreference.com)

 

In political science, the term banana republic is a pejorative descriptor for a servile dictatorship that abets or supports, for kickbacks, the exploitation of large-scale plantation agriculture, especially banana cultivation. (Wikipedia)

a small dependent country usually of the tropics; especially:  one run despotically (Merriam-Webster)

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Only now is our Congress coming to grips with failed foreign policy. In recent years our government negotiated and demanded reparations to displaced Guatemalans whose land was seized without compensation and whose citizens were massacred by their own government to build a hydroelectric dam. After the Guatemalan government’s failure to live up to its promise of reparations, the U.S. Senate withheld ‘military aid’, a move that angered that banana republic’s president.

Life for the common person in Central America is a living hell and ‘fingerprints’ of our federal government and U.S. companies doing business there are all over the crime scene.

References:

Summary

We as a nation are not guiltless in this massive migration of Central American immigrants, refugees. Yes, our lawless president exacerbates and aggravates the situation. However, because we as a nation are culpable for perpetuating the misery of Central American nations, we owe it to them and to us to work to deal humanely, expeditiously and justly with illegal aliens now living among us.

Yelling and cussing, waving flags and banners – these actions may make us feel better for the moment, but such protests contribute nothing toward resolving the mess we are in today.

Yes, we must elect Republican lawmakers to counter a lawless president. Yes, we must collectively and separately demand accountability of our elected officials. And, yes, we must collectively and individually take personal responsibility to inform ourselves as we educate our fellow citizens.

John White

Hamas Conquer Israel? ¡Jamás de los jamases!

30 July 2014 AD

Pardon my play on words between two languages. I like it for its poetic quality. ¡Jamás de los jamases! is how you say “never, ever!” in English.

"If only Hamas would have used its concrete for niceness." - Agent 86 Max Smart, Secret Agent for Control
“If only Hamas would have used its concrete for niceness.” – Agent 86 Max Smart, Secret Agent for Control
Burj Khalifa in Dubai
Burj Khalifa in Dubai

The tallest building in the world is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Its construction required 110,000 tons of concrete. So, what does this have to do with Hamas and tunnels?

Hamas is known to have used over 800,000 tons of concrete to construct tunnels from the Gaza Strip into Israel in a feverish drive to destroy the rightful owners of the land of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Israel).

Instead of building 8 Burj Khalifa towers to prosper its people, Hamas is digging a grave for Arabs.

Hamas is obviously a demonized Islamist cult fueled by Satan’s hatred for the Kingdom of God. If Hamas leaders were to read their future, as pre-recorded in the Bible, they would long ago have repented in sackcloth and ashes.

Maniacal Hamas has expended over 800,000 tons of concrete to construct tunnels
Maniacal Hamas has expended over 800,000 tons of concrete to construct tunnels

Hamas leaders call for Palestinian moms and dads to urge their boys and girls to be martyrs. If I were a Palestinian dad, I would say to Hamas: You go first.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and for the salvation of the Israeli people, including all who live within Israel’s present borders.

Read more from the Tablet: http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/180007/concrete-facts-about-hamas

 

Hospes Eram – Thoughts on the Human Crisis at Our Southern Border

29 July 2014 AD

 

Thoughts on the human crisis on our southern border. and caring for the poor among us.

Why is our government caring for thousands of unaccompanied children? Why is our government feeding, clothing and diapering them? Is this the proper role of government?

Let’s ask a better question. Is it the proper role of government to run hospitals? The Parkland Hospital district comes to mind. Answer: no. Parkland Hospital is in debt to the tune of almost $800 million and Dallas County recently raised property taxes to increase funding to the hospital.

Well, how much did taxes go up in Dallas to pay for Baylor or Harris Methodist or Presbyterian hospitals? Not one cent. Amazing, isn’t it? Not only is the largest hospital, the best equipped hospital – Baylor – run by Christians, it doesn’t run on tax dollars.

Hospitals were invented by religious orders, churches. The word ‘hospital’ derives from Latin ‘hospes’, meaning ‘guest’ or ‘stranger’. Think of the words hospitality, hospice, hospitable, etc.

I say, no, it’s not the proper role of government to care for the poor and needy. But, government has increasingly been growing into these roles over time. Why? Could it be due to the church, the ‘called out ones’ not taking responsibility for these duties?

In Matthew 25:43 (Latin Vulgate), Jesus remarked “hospes eram et non collexistis me” – “I was a stranger and you took me not in”. Hospes eram: I was a stranger.

Our national enemies, including the seldom named culprit Satan, mean for the flood of humanity over our southern border to greatly harm us. We generally agree our own president ignited a massive northern migration through various unconstitutional acts like granting amnesty in 2012, promising amnesty in 2013 and 2014, and refusing to enforce the law.

I suggest the story of Joseph and his brothers, appropriately the last chapter of Genesis, verse 20, for consideration. Next, I suggest Romans 8:28. All things? Not just some things?

John White

Spotlight on Central American Immigration: That Giant Sucking Sound in Washington

Why a Massive Migration?

A people don’t arbitrarily migrate from one country to another. Two forces work to motivate them to migrate. Our present circumstance, whereby Central American children flood over our southern border, likewise has two forces at work.

One force impels them to migrate. Extreme poverty, no opportunities, unimaginable crime and government corruption comprise the impelling force. Obama’s open promise of “amnesty” is the force that draws them to our country.

To Central Americans, opportunity for work and a decent life are ‘givens’ in this migration equation, but a promise of ‘amnistía incondicional’ gives them a place to go.

Illegal immigration is nothing new. It’s been going on since pre-Civil War days. Before June 2012, the usual and customary practice was to immediately deport ‘indocumentados’ back over the border. A big change came about in 2012 when this sitting Democrat president announced amnesty for all illegal aliens now in country.

By Bob Dane, Kristen WilliamsPublished August 15, 2012FoxNews.com

By Bob Dane, Kristen WilliamsPublished August 15, 2012FoxNews.com (click on image above for full story from Fox News)

Excerpt:

This lazy August morning while many Americans are on vacation blissfully detached from current events, one of President’s Obama’s most radical transformations of the American landscape takes hold. A lawless, unlegislated illegal alien amnesty becomes reality today as the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) begins to officially accept applications (no personal interview required) from almost 2 million illegal aliens seeking “deferred action.” – Fox News

Think of this ordinary scenario. A lady in your town invites your family to dinner at her home on a certain day, at a certain time. You pack up the family, appetite and all, and drive right over to that hostesses home with reasonable expectation of your family being fed and welcomed.

Instead, the man of the house turns you away, saying you are unwanted and have no business darkening his doorway.

Let’s transfer that scenario to our present immigration crisis. Barack Hussein Obama effectively INVITED any and all Central Americans to come on over for “dinner”. Those “dinner guests”, expecting a warm welcome and a satisfying experience are met, instead, by angry mobs of people who behave angrily, telling those otherwise invited guests they are unwelcome.

What’s the cure, brother?

The only way we can turn this incoming tide of human misery into an ebb tide is to make it unlawful for Obama to grant amnesty. Period. That’s where we start and start we did. Texas Senator Ted Cruz introduced a bill to do just  this. Listen to this short interview of the Senator on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace.

Naturally, Senate Democrats want to give Obama more BORROWED money, money we don’t have, money our grandchildren and great grandchildren will have to repay. Senator Cruz understands the issues and he knows what must be done FIRST – block Obama stroke-of-the-pen amnesty.

What to do

Public protests may make you feel better. They most certainly give us a very positive emotional feeling, but, my friends, let’s remember we are a nation of laws. The way you change policies is you change law.

Contact your Congressional Delegation. Tell them to back Senator Cruz’s bill.

Senator John Cornyn contact information

Email: http://www.cornyn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=contactform

517 Hart Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, DC 20510
Main: 202-224-2934
Fax: 202-228-2856

Senator Ted Cruz contact information

Email: http://www.tedcruz.org/contact-us/

185 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-5922

Congressman Ralph M. Hall contact information

Email: https://ralphhallforms.house.gov/email-congressman-hall

2405 Rayburn H.O.B.
Washington, DC 20515-0001
Tel No: 202-225-6673
Fax: 202-225-3332

Speaker John Boehner contact information

Email: http://www.speaker.gov/contact

H-232 The Capitol
Washington, DC 20515
Tel No: 202-225-0600
Fax: 202-225-5117

Senate Majority Leader Senator Harry Reid

Email: http://www.reid.senate.gov/contact 

522 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington , DC 20510
tel:202-224-3542
Fax:202-224-7327

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Spotlight on Central American Immigration: Honduras

It seems a vociferous association of Americans clamor for immediate deportation of unaccompanied Central American children seeking refuge in the U.S.A. What would be the inevitable outcome of immediate, unconditional deportation of these children?

Let’s consider the analogy of a sinking boat. When the device or devices with which you expel water from a sinking boat perform at a lesser rate than the rate of water flowing into the boat through a breach in the hull, your boat will inevitably sink. To the bottom. I know from experience this is true.

If, however, you elect to plug the breach in the hull, voila! Your boat does not sink. To the bottom.

Sometimes breaches are too great to patch, so ship captains have been known to head for shallow water to save passengers, crew and cargo. Our ‘ship of state’ has nowhere to go. We are the port of last resort.

One “patch” to our “hull” has been attempted by means of a border fence. How well has that “patch” worked thus far? I think the following photograph answers the question.

Immigrant climbing border fence near San Diego, California
Immigrant climbing border fence near San Diego, California

Former AG Janet Napolitano said of the effectiveness of a border fence, “You show me a 50-foot wall and I’ll show you a 51-foot ladder at the border. That’s the way the border works.” That’s the way the border works.

Let’s look at the other end of this “human pipeline” to discover a cause of this flood of unaccompanied Central American children to our “port of last resort”.

Headline in LaPrensa.hn (Honduran news service):

Mother of young children murdered in La Pradera: “I fled in order that they would not kill my other two children”

"[Single mom] Wendy Castellanos is the mother of two children who died at the hands of criminals; receiving no government support she was forced to make the difficult decision to migrate from Honduras and leave behind her life and family to safeguard the lives of his two eldest children."
“[Single mom] Wendy Castellanos is the mother of two children who died at the hands of criminals; receiving no government support she was forced to make the difficult decision to migrate from Honduras and leave behind her life and family to safeguard the lives of her two eldest children.”

Keneth, 7, and Anthony, 13, were the two children of the young mother, who has still not overcome the cruel nightmare that began when Anthony passed away on Sunday, April 27.

In moments of despair, Wendy publicly requested asylum in another country, but not having received it, she packed her bags and is currently undergoing the ordeal of undocumented immigrants en route to the United States.

The La Presnsa news team found Wendy with her two eldest sons in one of the shelters for migrants in the town of Arriaga, Mexico.

Wendy Castellanos and her children, sitting on the curb of the support center, showed on her face tiredness and the pain of her wounded feet from the long walks.” – La Prensa news article

Wendy’s story is by no means unique. In fact, hers is a very common tale. Not all the children flooding over the border are unaccompanied by parents.

Juan Orlando Hernández, President of Honduras, attributes lack of opportunities as one part of the migration problem
Juan Orlando Hernández, President of Honduras, attributes lack of opportunities as one part of the migration problem

We in the luxurious United States of America have only scant understanding of life in brutal third-world countries like Honduras. Our “poor” don’t flee to other countries because we give them free or rent-subsidized housing, food stamps, unemployment benefits, free to reduced cost medical care and free cell phones. How does this compare to life in Honduras? Our “poor” live better than most Honduran business owners. Cowboy philosopher and political commentator Will Rogers appropriately said, “We are the first nation in the history of the world to go to the poor house in an automobile.

Back to the vociferous complainers, I see you standing atop overpasses. Your angry sentiments flow easily through social media. Populist politicians, ignorant of pertinent issues, flame the flames of discontent. But, out of all the xenophobic yelling and flag waving, nothing happens. Why? Complainers don’t want to know why a problem exists; they simply demand it go away. Real life doesn’t work that way. Never has.

Zig complainers from pinterestZiglar wisdom seems appropriate.

Some people find fault like there’s a reward for it.”
“You cannot solve a problem until you acknowledge that you have one and accept responsibility for solving it.”

You know there’s a problem, so I ask, “What’s the cure, brother?”

 

I say it’s time to learn cause and effect. You can’t affect change unless you know the cause of the problem.

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¿Hay una crisis fronteriza? Sí. ¿Existe una solución? Sí.

¿Hay una crisis fronteriza? Sí.

Link to English version: https://rockwallconservative.me/2014/07/19/is-there-a-border-crisis-yes-is-a-solution-yes/

Toda crisis tiene 3 cosas:

  1. una solución,
  2. una fecha de caducidad y
  3. una enseñanza para tu vida

Hay tres preguntas que responder:

1 – ¿Vas a ser un respondedor o un reaccionario?

2 – ¿Estás esperando el día en que se resuelva la crisis, o estás mirando hacia atrás para fijar la culpa?

3 – ¿Estás dispuesto a aprender la causa de la crisis o vas a optar por ser voluntariamente ignorantes?

3 – Are you willing to learn the cause of the crisis or will you choose to be willingly ignorant?

Rahm Emanuel, mientras que el jefe de gabinete del presidente, dijo cínicamente, “Nunca dejes que una buena crisis se desperdicie.” Sabíamos lo que quería decir. Emanuel entiende que es en el momento de crisis que la mayoría de los cambios se puede efectuar. En toda crisis hay una oportunidad para el cambio en ambos lados del conflicto.

“La oportunidad de fortalecer a nosotros mismos contra la derrota está en nuestras propias manos, pero la oportunidad de derrotar al enemigo es proporcionada por el enemigo mismo.” – Sun Tzu, el arte de la guerra

Respondedores sabios serán parte de la solución, pero los reaccionarios agravarán la crisis.

En una reciente reunión sobre la crisis de la frontera, el Gobernador Rick Perry invitó al presidente Barack Obama a visitar la frontera para ver de primera mano la gravedad del problema. ¿La reacción del presidente? El presidente de los Estados Unidos de América se rió en voz alta y se rió entre dientes. ¿Puede haber alguna duda en cuanto a la locura mental de este hombre?

A menos unidos en propósito, el Congreso no puede hacer nada. Los republicanos controlan la Cámara de Representantes, mientras que los demócratas controlan el Senado.

A medida que el final de la Primera Guerra Mundial 2 se llegó, la locura de Hitler se hizo evidente para que todos lo vean. Por último, con los generales del ejército entendieron que tenían que detener la lucha o la totalidad de Alemania sería destruida.

Legisladores demócratas como Texas congresista Henry Cuellar van en contra de la dirección del partido para defender los intereses comunes de sus electores. Congresista Cuellar reconoce que esta crisis fronteriza afecta negativamente a todos los tejanos, ya sea demócrata o republicano.

Cuando “La Nave del Estado” se hunde, no marca la política de la tripulación del buque. Ustedes van a trabajar juntos para salvar la nave y las vidas a bordo. Nuestra nave del Estado, los Estados Unidos de América, está sitiada por una avalancha de inmigrantes que fluyen sin cesar en cruz de nuestra frontera sur. La mayoría son refugiados que huyen principalmente los países centroamericanos. Otros son traficantes de drogas,  traficantes de sexo, terroristas y otros.

He llegado a la firme sospecha a nuestro presidente de la incompetencia mental. Es, por lo tanto, imperativo que los demócratas y los republicanos trabajar juntos para resolver esta crisis y aún más a proteger contra futuras crisis fronterizas.

En el vídeo de arriba (entrevista en inglés), el gobernador de Texas Rick Perry dice: “Este presidente, voy a sugerir, es totalmente, absolutamente, ya sea inepto o hace algunas decisiones que no están en el mejor interés de los ciudadanos estadounidenses.”

La América que amamos está en crisis. Por lo tanto, para preservar nuestra república y nuestra libertad, debemos unirnos – demócratas trabajando junto a los republicanos – para desarrollar una solución en la que ambas partes se ponen de acuerdo. Esta solución debe ser constitucional y en armonía con nuestra historia común.

Al trabajar como un solo pueblo, podemos acelerar la fecha de caducidad de esta crisis.

Si estamos dispuestos a examinar la política exterior del pasado, vamos a aprender de nuestros errores, en relación con el apoyo financiero de los regímenes represivos de América Latina.

Por ejemplo, ¿por qué nuestro gobierno proporciona ayuda financiera militar para el país de Guatemala, un país que se masacre a sus propios ciudadanos para apoderarse ilegalmente de sus tierras? Hablo acerca del dique hidroeléctrico Chixoy masacre.

Nuestro lema nacional es E Pluribus Unum – un pueblo unido.

En ocasión de una crisis nacional anterior, dijo el padre fundador Benjamin Franklin: “Todos debemos quedarnos unidos, o seguramente todos vamos a colgar por separado.” (Este dicho tiene un matiz de humor en inglés.)

Is there a border crisis? Yes. Is there a solution? Yes.

Is there a border crisis? Yes.

Versión española: 

  https://rockwallconservative.me/2014/07/19/hay-una-crisis-fronteriza-si-existe-una-solucion-si/

All crises have three things:

  1. a solution,
  2. an expiration date and
  3. a lesson for your life

There are three questions to answer:

1 – Will you be a responder or a reactionary?

2 – Are you looking forward to the day when the crisis will be resolved, or are you looking backward to fix blame?

3 – Are you willing to learn the cause of the crisis or will you choose to be willingly ignorant?

Rahm Emanuel, while chief of staff to the president, infamously said, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” We knew what he meant. Mr. Emanuel understood that it is at the moment of crisis that the most change can be effected. In any crisis there is opportunity for change on both sides of a conflict.

“The opportunity to secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself.” – Sun Tzu, Art of War

Wise responders will be a part of the solution, but reactionaries will exacerbate the crisis.

In a recent meeting over the border crisis, Governor Rick Perry invited President Barack Obama to visit the border to see firsthand the severity of the problem. The president’s reaction? The president of the United States of America laughed and giggled. Can there be any doubt as to the man’s mental insanity?

Unless united in purpose, the Congress can do nothing. Republicans control the House of Representatives while Democrats control the Senate.

As the end of World War 2 came near, Hitler’s madness became evident for all to see. Finally, his army generals understood they had to stop the fighting or all of Germany would be destroyed.

Democrat lawmakers like Texas Congressman Henry Cuellar go against party leadership to uphold the common interests of his constituents. Congressman Cuellar recognizes this border crisis negatively affects all Texans, whether Democrat or Republican.

When the ship of state is sinking, you don’t check the politics of the ship’s crew. You will work together to save the ship and lives aboard. Our ship of state, the United States of America is under siege by a flood of immigrants flowing incessantly over our southern border. They are chiefly refugees fleeing Central American countries, drug smugglers, sex traffickers, terrorists and still others.

I have come to strongly suspect our president of mental incompetence. It is, therefore, imperative Democrats and Republicans work together to resolve this crisis and further guard against future border crises.

In the above video, Texas Governor Rick Perry says, “This president, I will suggest, is totally, absolutely either inept or is making some decisions that are not in the best interest of the American citizens.”

The America we love is in crisis. Therefore, to preserve our republic and our liberty, we must unite – Democrats working alongside Republicans – to develop a solution upon which both parties can agree. This solution must be constitutional and in harmony with our common history.

By working as one people, we can accelerate the expiration date of this crisis.

If we are willing to revisit past foreign policies, we will learn from our mistakes, with respect to financial support of repressive Latin American regimes.

For example, why does our government provide military financial aid to the country of Guatemala, a country that would massacre its own citizens to unlawfully seize their land? I speak of the Chixoy hydroelectric dam massacre.

Our national motto is E Pluribus Unum – A People United.

On occasion of an earlier national crisis, founding father Benjamin Franklin said, “We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.”