Mexico and the U.S. Are Distant Neighbors, Again

11/9/16 The New York Times

download-3MEXICO CITY — “Poor Mexico, so far from God, so close to the United States.” The comment, attributed to President Porfirio Díaz, has sometimes corresponded with reality, but never more than the present moment. Faith in a loving and present God has always pervaded the daily life of Mexicans. And despite the offenses inflicted upon them across almost 200 years of history, we Mexicans have not really resented the propinquity of the United States nor have we harbored violent nationalist feelings. On the contrary, as people to people, our relations have been fruitful, stable, cordial.

Not anymore. With Donald J. Trump’s electoral victory, every Mexican will have ample reason to entrust himself more closely to God (or the Virgin of Guadalupe) and prepare for a new war, certainly not military, but commercial, economic, ethnic, strategic and diplomatic.

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