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WAIS postings have often called attention to the fact that representatives of American Indian tribes have met in various places (Rio de Janeiro, Geneva, Rome) to stage protests which are essentially hostile to the United States. We have wondered who pays the heavy expenses for these trips. Fred Singer goes back in history and calls attention to meetings in Leipzig and Morelia which started this propaganda campaign.
This is the anniversary date of the Declaration signed by the scientists and Indians who attended the Morelia symposium in Mexico in October 1991. It is a remarkable document and worth reading to understand the ideological basis for the global climate treaty that was signed in Rio de Janeiro in June 1992.
THE MORELIA DECLARATION (abridged)
A unique exchange has taken place. For the first time environmentalists, scientists, representatives from the active tribes of North and South America, political activists and writers from 20 countries have spent a week in Mexico discussing the state of the world as we approach the end of the millennium. Independently, but without exception, each participant expressed concern that life on our planet is in grave danger.
[Then follow a lot of "scientific" statements drafted by ecologists and certainly incomprehensible to the Indians ]
We the participants of the Morelia Symposium urge the leaders of the world at the Earth Summit to be held in June 1992 in Brazil to commit themselves to ending ecocide and ethnocide, and we propose the creation of an International Court of the Environment modeled on the International Court of Justice at The Hague.
Traditional societies are the best managers of biodiversity. For the last five hundred years the knowledge and the rights of the native American peoples have been ignored. We believe that respecting the interests of indigenous peoples, both in the Americas and throughout the rest of the world, who have become exploited minorities in their own countries, is crucial for the preservation of biological and cultural diversity. We deplore the cultural pollution and loss of tradition which have led to global rootlessness, leaving humans, through the intensity of mass-marketing, vulnerable to the pressures of economic and political totalitarianism and habits of mass-consumption and waste which imperil the earth.
The military establishment must cease the proliferation of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons and convert a significant proportion of military expenditure to expenditure on environmental security. To ensure this, we demand an end to secrecy and a right to freedom of information in all matters concerning the world's environment.
(As reported in The New York Times on Thursday, October 10, 1991)
My comment: Some background on Morelia is necessary to put this in context. Morelia is the center of the political domain of Lázaro Cárdenas and his political heirs, and thus has a tradition of anti-Americanism and Indianism.
Before the Morelia meeting which issued the above declaration, I was in Morelia collecting information for my book The Scientific Institutions of Latin America. The university was in chaos, much like UNAM today. It had been taken over by leftist strikers, waving red and black flags. I talked with one. He was uninformed, stupid and violent. He just wanted a revolution; taking over the university was a first step.
Morelia is a beautiful colonial city, and I was staying in the historic Hotel Virrey de Mondoza. I had asked for a quiet room, but about midnight there was a uproar in the lobby, with someone banging on the piano. Next morning I complained to the manager. Obviously frightened, he said "Students. We can't do anything about it."
When I returned to Stanford I published an article in which I referred to the event, which had virtually wrecked the university. This gave a revolutionary Chicano a pretext to write a long letter denouncing me as a McCarthyite. He had moved into Zapata House with his family, proclaimed himself Artist in Residence, and, viewing himself as another Diego Rivera, painted a series of murals ridiculing the fellows of the Hoover Institution. It just happened that in those days I read the Soviet press regularly to prepare the World Affairs Report. He was praised as a brave young revolutionary who had been arrested for conducting a violent demonstration inside a San Mateo Bank. I had seen nothing about it in the local press, but in Moscow they knew. The Stanford Spanish Department had a number of Chicano and radical assistants, whose activities he orchestrated. He got them to sign the letter denouncing me.
From this it is evident that behind the Morelia Declaration there was an anti-American revolutionary group, backed by sympathizers in American universities. This was a prelude to what is going on today at UNAM and in Chiapas.
Ronald Hilton - 10/17/99