Texans should be aware that San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and the SA Chamber of Commerce may have provoked a new “battle of the Alamo”. He has made some initial moves to allow the United Nations to influence and possibly even manage the Alamo. SA Express/News began a soft sell of the idea in their Sunday, September 15, 2013 opinion page.
It has been reported that Mayor Castro and his close ally, City Councilman Diego Bernal, have been meeting with U.S. Department of Interior officials about the future of San Antonio’s historical missions. Castro and the SA Chamber want to make the old Spanish missions a greater tourist attraction by designating them national and world cultural treasures.
But there is the catch in designating the Alamo and the other missions “world cultural heritage” sites. Castro and Bernal want the United Nations’ UNESCO or United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to do the designation. The UNESCO is a specialized agency of the U.N. whose purpose is to “contribute to peace and security by promoting international collaboration through education, science, and culture in order to further universal respect for justice, the rule of law, and human rights” along with fundamental freedom proclaimed in the U.N. Charter. UNESCO’s aim is "to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information".
It is ironic that while many Texans across the state are fighting the U.N.’s “Agenda 21” which is an action plan for sustainable development and eminent domain, the Alamo, the very symbol of Texas liberty and freedom, may fall under U.N. influence. Castro and the SA Establishment want to UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee to add the Alamo to their list of Heritage sites. The sites are managed through legal agreements including a 152 page U.N. manual with instructions called “Managing Cultural World Heritage”. This certainly sounds like the U.N. would manage the Alamo under these agreements.
The influence of the U.N. has already been felt when there was a proposed hotel tower for the old Joske’s building near the Alamo. The hotel tower was nixed because it could have jeopardized the World Heritage Site status for the Alamo and the other four missions. The U.S. National Park Service, which also plays a key role in nominating U.S. sites, warned Castro that such a skyscraper so close to the Alamo could be a deal breaker. Apparently, the U.N.’s World Heritage Sites had threatened to yank the status because of the potential for new development.
Castro is a “globalist” and apparently he sees no problem with the U.N. influencing the Alamo. However, the “Cradle of Texas Liberty” is a symbol of Texas independence and freedom, and we should not let it be influenced or management by any foreign interest.
Texans should recognize that if Castro is willing to let the Alamo fall into the U.N.’s grasp, what will he do if he becomes Texas’ governor, senator, or (as many have said) vice president or president of the United States? Remember the Alamo!