Thingish Things

Bloomberg News Hosts an America-Basher?

Written By: William F. B. O'Reilly - Dec• 01•11

Mexican Leftist Enrique Krauze

It is bewildering that Bloomberg News/Businessweek would lend its pages this morning to the anti-American bile spewed by the leftist Mexican historian Enrique Krauze.

Mr. Krauze acknowledges the imminent collapse of communism in Cuba, and then warns America not to view that as a sign of defeat for anti-Americanism in Latin America, South America, and the Caribbean. In short, the Mexican author writes: Yes, our revered revolution in Havana has failed, but we still hate you.  I just want you all to know that. 

Mr. Krauze blames this supposed hemispherical animosity on President Roosevelt and the Spanish American War (1898) for which, it seems, 400 million Latin Americans have never quite forgiven the U.S. Funny, my mother and my aunts and uncles were raised, in their earliest years, in Mexico — I still have family there — I have lived in and written for a newspaper in the Caribbean, and I have known hundreds of Latin Americans, as we all have.  I cannot remember once discussing Teddy Roosevelt or the Battle of San Juan Hill with anyone other than my ninth grade history teacher. And how could I have missed the seething anger? 

Today’s piece makes it clear that Mr. Krauze, for one, despises his neighbors north of the Rio Grande, its Judeo-Christian culture, and the capitalist system that made it a success.  Which is fine.  Unlike his blessed (can one use that word?) Cuba, we here in the U.S. appreciate a diversity of opinion. But one would really expect Krauze’s to appear in The Nation or in Mother Jones rather than in U.S. business wire, Bloomberg News.  

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  1. Me says:

    Our mother and aunts and uncles were raised in Mexico? I must have missed that part of our family history:-)

  2. Me says:

    You know you’re not supposed to swallow the worm…right?

  3. Me says:

    Oh, I see now that you added, “in their earliest years.” I think that was true for the older ones but not for our mother or Carol. I’m willing to wager five smackeroos on it:-)

    • You’re on! (Spanish was her first language.) And every morsel of that worm.

      • Me says:

        Daddy says you owe me five bucks, big guy! They moved north before she was born. Though he does concede that Spanish may have been tied with Inglés as her first language:-)Having been born in Paris, she deserves credit for a bit of French, too, I’d say:-)

        • Nope. It was Madre and Aunt Carol. Do we have an email for her? (AC that is).

          • Me says:

            I don’t, but I do have Wikipedia–and we all know that’s never wrong. This is from UB’s bio: “The sixth of ten children, as a boy Buckley moved with his family from Mexico to Sharon, Connecticut, before beginning his first formal schooling in Paris, where he attended first grade. By age seven, he received his first formal training in English at a day school in London; his first and second languages were Spanish and French, respectively.” UB was born in 1925 and Mommy was born in 1933. He (and the family) left Mexico before she was born. Ha!

    • And yes, added “earliest years.” You’re right, it sounded like we were chapter six in Lonesome Dove.

  4. Billy says:

    Au contraire, Anna. When the big ones were at school in France, the littlies stayed behind in Mexico. I’m quite sure of it.

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