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“The drug-cartel’s intent in 2006 and today is identical to that of the Aztec’s as described in Diaz’s account of the Aztec counter-attack on the Spanish conquistadors as they lay siege to Tenochtlatlan (current day Mexico City) in 1521.”-excerpt from Becks book
As America faces chaos in Mexico and a political class that seems to want to ignore the threat, Wilson Beck, an expert on Mexico, and a self-described Mexicophyle, puts it all together in “Wakeup Call From Mexico.”
This week the American Patrol Report is providing detailed review of Beck’s book.
Chapter I – America’s Wakeup Call from Mexico
Beck links today’s’ brutal war of the Mexican cartels to the Aztecs.
“The drug-cartel’s intent in 2006 and today is identical to that of the Aztec’s as described in Diaz’s account of the Aztec counter-attack on the Spanish conquistadors as they lay siege to Tenochtlatlan (current day Mexico City) in 1521.”
“The Al-Qaeda with all their online bravado of video beheadings, sharp knives, and ski-masked disguises are not half as brutal as these professionally-trained Zeta mercenaries.”
He explains how crime and gangs have followed illegal aliens across the border. He says the disease of organized crime “is unabatedly spreading into the U.S,” citing FBI and Dept. of Justice findings that 70 to 80 percent of the nation’s total crime is attributable to organized criminal gangs from south of the border. The scary part, he says, is that the federal government is “looking the other way.”
Beck asks many questions that need answers, among them:
“Why has Mexico Lindo (Beautiful Mexico) become Mexico Peligrosso (Dangerous Mexico)?”
“Why does the vast majority of the Mexican population refuse to subjugate themselves to the rule of law?”
“Why does one of the poorest countries on planet earth have one of the highest numbers of millionaires per capita?”
“Why does the U.S. government refuse to enforce immigration laws?”
Chapter II – The Collapse of the Golden Age of Mexico
Beck makes an important point about the differences between the British settlement of what is now the U.S. and Spain’s settlement of Mexico. When Cortes landed in 1519 there were between 10 and 30 million people in Mexico. When pilgrims arrived in 1620 there were fewer than 5 million Indians in what is now the U.S. And, the culture south of the border was well developed based on agriculture, whereas American Indians were hunter-gatherers.
“When the Spaniards first gazed upon the city and floating gardens of Tenochtitlan (Mexico City), they were dumbfounded by what they saw. It was planned and built in a geometric grid with wide avenues, floating vegetable and flower gardens and beautiful pyramids.” “the cultures of central Mexico rivaled most European cultures in terms of architecture, engineering, math, and Astronomy, ” Beck Reports
To the north, the indigenous population was either dead or on reservations by 1900. To the south the Spaniards began to intermingle with the indigenous people of Mexico. “The vast majorities of modern day Mexicans cling to their indigenous roots rather more than they do their European or Spanish roots,” Beck writes.
“The biggest difference between Mexico and the U.S., historically, is that the Spaniards interbred with the indigenous people and the English did not.”
Beck describes how he became interested in Mexico and the Mexican culture. He tells of travels in Mexico in the early 70s and the culture shock he got when returning to the U.S.
He goes on to how he asked himself how Mexico got into such a mess, retracing the history of Mexico City and the Toltecs and Aztecs moved in.
“If I could understand what happened to the Teotihuacan culture”
Beck describes the Collision of cultures and how the Toltecs and Aztecs destroyed 1000 years of the “Golden Age of Mexico.
Beck cites recent reports of killings in Mexico. “This type of inhuman behavior became the norm throughout Mexico during the Aztec Epoch and continues today.”
“In many ways, these barbarian cultures, which culminated with the Aztec Empire, reminds me of the millions of illegal immigrants now crossing into the U.S, each year. And I suspect that if this illegal immigration continues to go unchecked, the results may very well be the same. The advancement of a great culture not only halted but became the foundation of an aberrant, cannibalistic culture.”
“The Aztecs had nothing to do with the Golden Age of Mexico.”
Aztecs were used as laborers in the fields and in the dirtiest jobs.
The creators were destroyed – the inheritors took over.
Toltecs were invaders – Aztecs were immigrants, he says.
“The way the Aztecs snuck into the Valley was analogous to the way millions of illegal Mexicans immigrants are sneaking into the U.S. today.”
“Today, during many of the ritualistic-type dance festivals in the small towns of Mexico, the participants don attire which imitates both the barbarian Aztec and Apache, not the Teotihuacan culture.”
“The young men are enamored with the idea of being descendants of the Aztec and the Apache.”
“The modern Mexican is the descendant of the invading hordes of nomadic barbarians from the north to which Apache tribes belong.”
“These are the ancestors of the modern -day Mexicans, who are still decapitating the heads of their enemies in the state of Michoacan, Guerrero, Chihuahua, the Yucitan, and others.”
“This mass migration of millions of uneducated, unskilled, barbarians is not so different than that which is happening in the 21st century in the U.S.”
“This was the Aztec world that collided with the 16th century Spaniards in 1519, when Hernan Cortez and his 600 men landed on the east coast near the present-day port city of Veracruz, Mexico.
Chapter III – Mexico’s Collision with Europe
In this chapter Beck describes in detail the horrific condition of the Mexican culture as Cortes stepped ashore, and the ensuing struggle between him and Montezuma.
“This was a culture, a society, an entire subcontinent which had evolved without human spirit,” Beck writes. “There were no gods. There were only idols. The offering of blood to the idols was a sham. Everyone came for the meat, the arms, and the legs… When an Aztec warrior went off to battle he was going to a barbecue.
Following Christopher Columbus’ arrival in 1492, Spain spent 25 years exploring, conquering and settling the Caribbean islands of Cuba and Haiti.
Beck notes that in 1527 the expedition of Hernandez de Cordoba that preceded Cortez, met with violence at each landfall along the Yucatan Peninsula, losing 60 men to ambushes into which they were drawn by trickery.
The other expedition that preceded Cortez, captained by Juan de Grijalva, began to learn of the brutality of the Mexicans. Beck quotes Bernal Diaz, one of the explorers in this expedition:
“Here we found five Indians who had been sacrificed to them that very night. Their chests had been struck open and their arms and thighs cut off, and the walls of these buildings covered with their blood.”
Besides seeing these atrocities, the Spaniards traded trinkets for 20,000 pieces of gold. This was the impetus for the Cortes expedition.
Cortes, with 600 men and sixteen horses sailed eleven ships from Cuba on February 10, 1519. Beck notes that two and one half years later, on August 13, 1521, CuauhtÃ©moc, the last Aztec tyrant, was captured, thus ending 500 years of Aztec tyranny.
Beck asks how 600 men, later enforced by an additional 600, were able to defeat an empire of 10 million Aztecs. The answer, Beck offers, is that the Indians of Mexico resented the Aztec tyrants and joined in their defeat. “Cortes,” Beck writes, “saw the perversity of the Aztec culture and how it had turned the entire region into living hell. He realized the if he could convert the outlying city states into allies, he could defeat the Aztecs.”
Beck also notes that “The decadence was so complete and compelling that all of the Aztec subcultures had adopted the barbaric and cannibalistic practices, and belief systems, of the Aztec.” Beck says, “Every modern Mexican is a descendant of the horrific Aztec culture.”
As Cortes moved toward what is now Mexico City, he encountered ever more atrocities. Explorer Diaz wrote:
“I must now tell how in this town of Talascala we found wooden cages made of lattice-work in which men and women were imprisoned and fed until they were fat enough to be sacrificed and eaten.”
Cortes learned that part of the Indians mythology was a prophecy that fair-skinned blue-eyed gods would appear from the east. These gods, it was said, would become their new leaders. Another explanation for Cortes’ victory, Beck argues.
As the Cortes expedition moved along it was common for the men to take on concubines, with the blessings of the Indian leaders. “This practice continued for centuries and eventually became of the most despised subjects in Mexican history,” Beck writes.
As Cortes continued Montezuma planned an elaborate ambush, promising his allies that each would be given so many Spaniards to be eaten.
Countering Montezuma’s treachery, Cortes practiced a little of his own and launched a surprise attack on Cholulans, killing thousands.
The Aztecs had seen this massacre and it frightened them and they fled back toward Tenochtlitan. “This ferocious, savage, cannibalistic culture seems to have bred an army of cowards,” Beck writes.
“Montezuma began to wonder if Cortes was the reincarnation of Quetzalcoatl, the ancient god of Tula,” Beck writes.
Beck describes in detail the incredible brutality of the Aztecs and Montezuma, whose name translates into The Angry Lord. In the 15th and 16th centuries Beck reports that experts believe that the Aztec culture was responsible for the sacrifice of 20,000 to 50,000 people a year. “Imagine, 50 to 150 people being brutally sacrificed and eaten every single day in the central valley of Mexico.”
Montezuma’s had planned to join with the Colulans to ambush Cortes. Cortes was aware of this but Montezuma refused to admit his treachery. “The idea of apologizing does not exist in the Mexican belief system,” Beck observes. “This behavior existed 500 years ago and it still exists today.”
Eventually Montezuma allowed Cortes to enter Tenochtlitan without resistance. He thought Cortes was either a god or the fulfillment of a prophecy.
Beck discusses at length the incredible architecture and city planning that Cortes encountered as he entered Tenochtlitan.
Explorer Diaz wrote, “When we saw so many cities built out of the water, and so many causeways that led toward Tenochtlitan, we were amazed and said this was like the enchantments.”
Beck observes that the technology and engineering was that of the Teotihuacanos, not the Aztecs, who had learned skills but not advanced them.
Believing in the mystical prophecy, Montezuma even allowed Cortes to place him under house arrest. “He (Montezuma) could have killed and sacrificed the conquistadors. But he was not driven to save his culture.”
In a six-month occupation, more than 600,000 pounds of gold and precious jewels were collected and turned over to the Spaniards. (This is about 10 billion dollars at today’s value of 600,000 pounds of gold alone.)
Trouble began for Cortes when Spain sent a 19-ship armada to relieve him. Cortes took half of his men and ambushed the relief party as it came ashore. He convinced the men to join him.
Meanwhile, back at Tenochtitlan trouble was brewing. Upon entering the city, Cortes was attacked and forced to flee to another city. The Tlaxcalans came to his rescue, but Cortes was basically destroyed as a fighting force.
Owing to the strange relationships between different cities and peoples, Cortes was able to quickly establish allies amongst the indigenous people. (Beck cites Woodrow Borah, a leading expert on the demography of Mexico, who revised his estimate of the people sacrificed in central Mexico in the 15th century to 250,000 per year, possibly 1 percent of the population.) Explaining why there were no real political ties between various city-states.
Re-supplied by Spain, Cortes prepared to launch a counter-attack.
The siege of Tenochtitlan began on May 15, 1521. Cortez and his Mexican Indian allies were to retake the city. “The scope of the endeavor was now enormous,” Beck writes.
“For the ensuing ten days Cortes and his officers “saw our comrades who had been captured… being dragged up the steps to be sacrificed.”
As the battle turned poorly, Cortes cut off the Aztecs water. The lack of water, plus a smallpox epidemic and the resumed attacks of the Spaniards finally took its toll. “Ninety-three days after the siege began… the Aztec people were dead, dying or fleeing in all directions.”
Beck writes: “This was a culture, a society, an entire subcontinent which had evolved without human spirit. There were no gods. There were only idols. The offering of blood to the idols was a sham. Everyone came for the meat, the arms, and the legs… . When an Aztec warrior went off to battle he was going to a barbecue.
“As I read the daily newspaper from Mexico City, I see the same dominant Aztec characteristics continuing to emerge again and again throughout the history of Mexico.”
Beck goes on to cite reports from across Mexico that support his contention.
Cortes, Beck argues, was not a warmonger put a lover of piece. He ended 500 years of Aztec inhumanity.
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