Mar 1, 2009, 10:39 AM
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In anticipation of the coming mid-term elections in Mexico, there has been considerable posturing between the PAN and the PRI about the status of the violent war between the Mexican Army and various drug cartels. President Calderon,as he obviously must, insists that he is winning and that the PRI is not being supportive of his efforts. In Chihuahua, the current hotbed of activity, the governor of that state echoes Calderon's optimism despite the murder of one of his bodyguards by cartel sicarios. An opposition party senator recently publicly challenged the official claims that Mexico is not a failing state and has not lost control in any specific region of the country. He asserted that the government has indeed lost control in Chihuahua. A national survey of readers in the EL SOL newspaper syndicate resulted in over 80% agreeing with him. Curiously,and by a similar margin, they want the military to remain as the main peacekeepers because local law enforcement is not an option.
In my opinion, the Mexican people simply want peace, not necessarily an end to the drug trade. Only those with selective memories can forget just a few short years ago when drug capos were idolized in their communities for providing the goods and services to the people which the government did not. Ask any Mexican if they wouldn't prefer going back to the good old days when tranquility prevailed and the source of prosperity was understood but not spoken about. The answers may or many not come as a surprise. Foreign expats are forbidden by law from engaging in partisan political activities but they would be well advised to educate themselves on the issues in their local and state elections. I bet that "inseguridad" will once again be the main electoral issue even over the failing economy.
(This post was edited by Brian on Mar 1, 2009, 11:10 AM)