Four Girls and a Guy

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Monday, November 20, 2006

Hernando Cortes vs. Kofi Annan

Guess what, I changed my text color! Anyway, moving on. I want to start this post by stating that I greatly enjoyed friday's class. It had an excellent mixture of structured and free discussion and I think the topics we covered were intriguing. However I would like to take this time to disagree with those in class who believe that Cortes still has relevancy today. If anyone truely believes that the horrific acts committed by Cortes and his conquistadors could be repeated today should consider several points. One, although this may seem obvious, there was no UN or anything simular to that in Cortes's time that would step in to stop these acts. On a broader scale, Cortes's world was not interconnected, it was not globalized. Individuals could not turn on CNN and see the horrid acts of the conquistadors. There would not be the global outrage that would occur today if such acts occurred. Further more, today it would be increasingly difficult for one nation to violated the sovergneity of another and commit terrible acts without other nations getting involved. Today we have more complex systems of "friendships" between nations, such as NATO, that would defend member nations with much more complex weapondry than say bows and arrows. One might make the claim that we have something simular to the acts of Cortes occurring today in Darfur. However, one should remeber that the acts being committed in Darfur, as terrible as they are, are an internal problem, making it harder for the international community to step in and help. Compare that to Cortes' actions, in which he violated a soverngiety of another nations and committed war crimes (to say the least), and we can see that international community could more easily get involved. I completely agree with Liz when she stated in class that we should never forget history or we are doomed to repeated it, however, I believe that we should look at history as something that is fluid, constantly moving and changing. For this reason, I believe that in our modern, globalized world, Cortes is no longer relevant.


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