Apr 12, 2012, 12:44 PM
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Yes, I have read Ms Kennedy's blog posting. Fairly dramatic and adding some zip for her rich sponsors somewhere else, and a great story to be repeated 100 times later over cocktails in Washington. "On my trip to Mexico,, you wouldn't believe what happened to us. bla bla bla".
Re: [Yacatecuhtli] En route to Easter Sunday Mass
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She confuses the issue she wanted to address, which is that military criminals should be tried in civilian courts and not in military courts. That should probably be the case with the people involved in Bonfilio Rubio's shooting. I wasn't there so I don't know.
My problems with her post?
1) "illegal roadblocks by the military". In case she hasn't heard, there is a fair amount of drug transport activities going on in MX. Does she think that the bad guys stop their work for Semana Santa and go skipping off to Easter Mass in their Sunday best too? The military in MX is empowered to make checkpoints anywhere in MX in order to try to stop the flow of drugs or weapons, and catch bad guys, aren't they?
2) From her description of her group's encounter with a military checkpoint, her companions (consisting of some of the most brilliant lawyers in ALL of Mexico), started spouting off the law to a small group of military guys somewhere along a road. (and I can hear the spoken or unspoken words behind all of that talk "Do you know who I am, and who I know???") Most military guys here don't have a lot of education, but they usually do have a weapon in hand. Poor choice.
This happens from rich guys, politicians, and the bad guys in many places, and not just in Mexico - "Do you know who I am?" as if that somehow excludes them or elevates them from the laws. I can imagine any military or police guy gets sick of hearing this on a daily basis. They DO have the power to do their jobs. Lose your focus on human rights for a minute and see it for what it was. It was a checkpoint. Period. Being a lawyer or someone famous doesn't immediately exclude involvement in drug activities.
If the party being questioned is especially overbearing, I can imagine the cops/military flip out at this, just like the po-po on the COPS show after getting all sweaty and out of breath chasing down a car thief after a 10 mile chase. Someone's probably gonna get roughed up a bit, either physically or verbally.
If her friends, the brilliant lawyers, were that smart, why did they spout off to a group of people who have no power to change things instead of just saying "Buenos dias", then shutting their mouths, keeping their hands in plain view, showing their papers, get through the checkpoint and go on to Mass where they could say a prayer? Were they trying to impress you, or the military guys, with their vast knowledge of the laws? (four articles of the Mexican Constitution?? Really? - these lawyers could only come up with FOUR on the spot???)
Instead of debating the law with a few soldiers along a road, wouldn't it have been a better choice to discuss this over a nice big spread of comida and drinks with the people who actually make the laws and procedures that govern the guys out in the campo trying to enforce them. That's how it works, doesn't it Kerry?
Here's the deal, Kerry Kennedy: Just as in the US, the good folks in MX want the police/military/government in MX to stop the bad guys and their various activities. They put a lot of pressure on the politicians, military and police to do "something". The rich folks want this too, but their unspoken addendum that accompanies their checks to the politicians is "as long as it doesn't involve me personally."
Another wild guess: if you were in such prestigious company, with a large group, you were probably traveling to Mass in Acapulco in a new Suburban with dark tinting on all of its windows. I seriously doubt that all of the people you traveled with (or their egos) could fit in anything smaller or older, and you sure as heck didn't go in a taxivan....
Just a question: what do you think that a lot of the bad guys in MX cruise around in? If you were some poor slob in a military uniform, with just a small group of other military along a roadway and saw this vehicle coming at you, what would you feel at that moment? Wouldn't your adrenalin start pumping and your butt pucker up?
(This post was edited by GringoCArlos on Apr 12, 2012, 1:03 PM)