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"occupy Mexico and restore it to a state of civilization by means of Ameri
can men and American methods."
The thing President Wilson and the American people should do is' to
tell Wall street, the Standard Oil Trust, William Randolph Hearst, Gen.
Harrison Gray Otisand other American investors in Mexico to go down
there and risk their own. lives to prdtect their Mexican property.
The people of this country didn't urg"e Hearst and his pals to invest
their money in Mexico; and there is no obligation on the part of the Ameri
can people to send their sons down into that country as soldiers to give up
their lives that the investments of Hearst et al. be protected and made
What the big American investors fear is that if Uncle Sam lets the
Mexicans seek their own salvation and fight their own battles and sacri
fice their own lives, Mexico will be in a turmoil for years and Hearst and
other investments will not be safe.
The fear is doubtless well grounded. But suppose Hearst and Otis and
Standard Oil invested a few millions in South Africa, and trouble started
there would we be expected to send an American army into South Africa
to protect those millions?
Or if our bailiwick is this continent, would we be expected to send an
army to the extreme south end of South America if Hearst, Otis et al. in
vested there, and the investment needed protection?
It is fortunate that the Wilson administration has taken the meas
ure of William Randolph Hearst, and that he has no influence with the
president. It is also fortunate that the American people understand Hearst
better than they did when he stirred up a war with Spain. For his full-page
egotistical demands on the government and the people for war with Mexico
now fall on ears that can't hear William Randolph Hearst's cry of distress.
No doubt it would be big money in the pockets of Hearst, Otis, Standard
Oil and Wall street if the United States should intervene in Mexico and oc
cupy that country with an army of invasion. But it would be a long war
that would cost millions of money and thousands of American lives, each
one of which is at the very least as precious as that of Hearst.
There is no demand from the people of this country for armed inter
vention in Mexico. What little demand there is comes from a few Ameri
cans who have invested their money m that country, and want the people
of this country to send an army down there to protect that property.
No patriotism is involved in the matter. There has been no invasion
oT our country. None is threatened. No American home is in danger. No
vital American principle is at stake.
With the Mexicans themselves, it is a matter of home-rule and self
government. There is no more reason why we should send an army into
Mexico than there was for England to send an army intp the United tSates
during the civil war to protect British investments.
If we send an army into Mexico then all Mexican factions, now clawing
at one another's throats, would become Mex-'cin patriots and rush together
in defense of their homes and firesides against an army of Invasion.
If we ever get our army into Mexico, the very interests that got it there
would move heaven and earth to keep it there, and ultimately to grab Mex
ico "lid annex that country to the United States.
When Hearst says his interest in intervention is his interest in the
smaller Americans who can't afford to hire standing armies of their own,
I don't believe him. I don't think he knows what American patriotism
means. X believe that his interest in Mexico is merely his own private, selfish