I thought I'd rewritten this update (and salvaged it somehow) but apparently not. Not my finest work but it'll have to do
Next update will finish the story proper off and this should be tomorrow. Then an update or two just to examine Don Antonio's impact on history
Typical, only when I'm finishing up with this AAR do I find this blog with a wealth of archive information from the Mexican American War. I particularly liked this manifesto issued by Santa Anna to Irish soldiers serving with the US in 1847:
Irishmen! Listen to the words of your brothers, hear the accents of a Catholic people…Is religion no longer the strongest of human bonds?…Can you fight by the side of those who put fire to your temples in Boston and Philadelphia? Did you witness such dreadful crimes and sacrileges without making a solemn vow to our Lord? If you are Catholic, the same as we, if you follow the doctrines of Our Saviour, why are you seen sword in hand murdering your brethren? Why are you antagonistic to those who defend their country and your own God?
Are Catholic Irishmen to be the destroyers of Catholic temples, the murderers of Catholic priests, and the founders of heretical rites in this pious nation?…
Come over to us; you will be received under the laws of that truly Christian hospitality and good faith which Irish guests are entitled to expect and obtain from a Catholic nation…
May Mexicans and Irishmen, united by the sacred tie of religion and benevolence, form only one people!
Enewald: Merci. Santa Anna is unique. But even he has his limits... even if he doesn't always know them
J. Passepartout: Pffft this the Victorian Age. We're in the era of realpolitik, of blood and iron, and of sausages being made!
And good catch on the asterisk/typo. Fixed now
RGB: Is there a greater authority than Santa Anna? The man knows what is best for Mexico (and himself). Always
Stuyvesant: Not a bad analysis but there is always an alternative course of action. It just might not be the most obvious one