Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Mexico: Can They Sink Any Lower?

I am beginning to wonder if their national pastime is sticking it to America.

Mexico honors Irish-American turncoats

MEXICO CITY - From behind the bullet-scarred walls of an ancient fortress, the wail of bagpipes and a thundering bass drum echoed through a plaza in the center of Mexico City.

Passers-by stopped in their tracks. Children craned for a look as a platoon of Mexican bagpipers marched through the gates in tribute to a strange and divisive chapter of Irish-American history.

The bagpipers play each month in honor of the St. Patrick Battalion, a group of 600 Irish-American soldiers who switched sides to fight for Mexico in the 1846-1848 Mexican-American War. Mexico lost half its territory to the United States as a result of the war.

To the United States, the deserters are traitors. But to Mexicans, the "Irish martyrs" are heroes, honored in street names, plaques and St. Patrick's Day celebrations around the country. The battalion's name is written in gold letters in the chamber of Mexico's House of Representatives, and a ceremony is held in a Mexico City park every year to commemorate the executions of the group's members.

Of course, what news article would be complete without a quote from a San Francisco liberal?

"As an Irish-American, I'm proud of them," he said. "Sometimes you have to stand up and say, 'What my country is doing is wrong.' I think they're heroes, heroes of conscience." (H/T - AZCentral)

And I'm sure Mr. Brennan feels that way about his country today.

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