Palming Arizona Off on Any and All Takers

The idea of giving Arizona back to Mexico is reminiscent of the long-ago, long-treasured campaign of one Richard A. C. Greene for land commissioner in the far Northwest. Part of the platform was to give eastern Washington back to, uhhh, whatever is east of eastern Washington. Wasn't it Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, or New Jersey? Memory grows furtive.

Also remember that the idea of giving away territory has an old and distinguished lineage. In the 3rd century BC, Carthage wanted Rome to take Sicily off its hands, while Rome insisted that Carthage keep it, which was the cause of the First Punic War. In the War of the Spanish Succession (1701-1714), Britain fought to keep the French out of the Netherlands, the French fought to keep the Austrians in Italy, and the Spanish fought to insure that their king would be French rather than Bavarian.

In central Europe, for centuries the Poles were trying to fob Ukraine off on Russia while the Tsar fought desperately to get Poland to take it. In the Middle East, all the surrounding countries have been struggling for years over which of them must be responsible for Yemen. And I seem to recall that Texas has been trying to overrule the rest of the United States for at least a century-and-a-half.

--- Dr. Phage
Seattle, Wash.
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