Sunday, November 29, 2009

The price of disunity in a dangerous world ~ By Tom Tancredo

Commentary from WorldNetDaily
By Tom Tancredo Posted: November 28, 2009 ~ 1:00 am Eastern © 2009 WorldNetDaily While speaking recently at American University in Washington, D.C., a student asked me a provocative question. "If what you say is true about culture being so important, don’t we owe the Native Americans an apology for invading this continent and destroying their culture?" To the student’s surprise, I answered, "Yes, that’s true." What I then told the student is that we ought to learn from history instead of repeating the mistakes the American Indians made. The indigenous Native American culture was defeated by the invading Europeans for two main reasons. The first one is obvious: the European-Americans had vastly superior technology. The second decisive advantage is less understood and often forgotten – the Indian tribes’ disunity. When Europeans came to the Americas, the Spanish and Portuguese to Central and South America, the British and French to North America, they encountered hundreds of scattered, warring tribes. Many of the tribes made alliances with the new arrivals because they saw them as allies against other tribes who were their historic enemies. Capt. Cortes had Indian allies when he conquered Mexico City in 1521, and that pattern was repeated in the American West. Today, American culture is easy prey to invading cultures because of a similar fragmentation and accelerating balkanization. America is falling into a new tribalism based on ethnic and racial identities. This new, toxic culture is not coming from across the ocean or across our borders, it is bred and nourished within our own institutions by the ideology of multiculturalism. READ FULL STORY >
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