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This post was edited by abramicus at 2016-9-1 17:13|
From what appeared like a Trump pivot toward a softer approach to the illegal migrant problem, gently suggested in the press conference folllowing his meeting with President Nieto, Trump made a 180 degree pivot back to his hardline position when Nieto tweeted that he had told Trump at the beginning of their meeting that he will not pay for the wall. In truth, both versions are probably correct. Nieto probably did say to Trump at the first opportunity behind closed doors that he would not pay for the wall. And Trump probably did not discuss the wall with him, choosing to avoid argumentation, and opting for cooperation on things of common interest.
But the spin put to this by his political foes and media critics saying that he crumbled, was defeated, and lied about it, forced Trump to respond by contradicting Nieto, and insisting that he will make Mexico pay for the wall, regardless.
This reminds us of the singular event that created the Roman Empire as we know it today. Julius Caesar was staying in Ravenna with only one out of his eight legions with him, Legio XIII, at that time, when he learned that the Roman Senate had called on him to resign and disband his victorious army, stationed in Gaul. Julius Caesar had only 5,000 legionnaires and 300 cavalry that was no match against the many legions of Pompey in Rome. What follows, according to "Julius Caesar Crosses the Rubicon, 49 BC," EyeWitness to History, www.eyewitnesstohistory.com (2002), is interesting:
"When the news came [to Ravenna, where Caesar was staying] that the interposition of the tribunes in his favor had been utterly rejected, and that they themselves had fled Rome, he immediately sent forward some cohorts, yet secretly, to prevent any suspicion of his plan; and to keep up appearances, he attended the public games and examined the model of a fencing school which he proposed building, then - as usual - sat down to table with a large company of friends.
However, after sunset some mules from a near-by mill were put in his carriage, and he set forward on his journey as privately as possible, and with an exceedingly scanty retinue. The lights went out. He lost his way and wandered about a long time - till at last, by help of a guide, whom he discovered towards daybreak, he proceeded on foot through some narrow paths, and again reached the road. Coming up with his troops on the banks of the Rubicon, which was the frontier of his province, he halted for a while, and revolving in his mind the importance of the step he meditated, he turned to those about him, saying: 'Still we can retreat! But once let us pass this little bridge, - and nothing is left but to fight it out with arms!'
Even as he hesitated this incident occurred. A man of strikingly noble mien and graceful aspect appeared close at hand, and played upon a pipe. To hear him not merely some shepherds, but soldiers too came flocking from their posts, and amongst them some trumpeters. He snatched a trumpet from one of them and ran to the river with it; then sounding the "Advance!" with a piercing blast he crossed to the other side. At this Caesar cried out, 'Let us go where the omens of the Gods and the crimes of our enemies summon us! THE DIE IS NOW CAST!' Accordingly he marched his army over the river; [then] he showed them the tribunes of the Plebs, who on being driven from Rome had come to meet him, and in the presence of that assembly, called on the troops to pledge him their fidelity; tears springing to his eyes [as he spoke] and his garments rent from his bosom."
The long story of Julius Caesar, Marcus Junius Brutus, Marc Anthony, Gaius Octavius, Gaius Cassius Longinus . . . and the rise of the first Roman Empire from the ashes of the Roman Republic . . . are road signs of history that men need to know to avoid their final destinations.