The Mexican Evolution

March 25, 2009 at 12:33 pm Leave a comment

I personally believe that we should focus more on our part of the world.  Along with the US’s desire to control the western hemisphere’s resources comes the responsibility to deal with the complications of problems that exist here… some of the problems caused by the US itself.  This is something that the US cannot ignore!

But it’s not all doomsday.

This notion appears to be increasingly widespread. The Joint Forces Command recently issued a study saying that Mexico — along with Pakistan — could be in danger of a rapid and sudden collapse. President Obama is considering sending National Guard troops to the Mexican border to stop the flow of drugs and violence into the United States. The opinion that Mexico is breaking down seems to be shared by much of the American news media, not to mention the Americans I meet by chance and who, at the first opportunity, ask me whether Mexico will “fall apart.”

It most assuredly will not. First, let’s take a quick inventory of the problems that we don’t have. Mexico is a tolerant and secular state, without the religious tensions of Pakistan or Iraq. It is an inclusive society, without the racial hatreds of the Balkans. It has no serious prospects of regional secession or disputed territories, unlike the Middle East. Guerrilla movements have never been a real threat to the state, in stark contrast to Colombia.

via The Mexican Evolution – NYTimes.com

As I heard on NPR this morning, and something I’ve heard others in the know mention, the media’s coverage of the drug cartels is increasing faster than the problem itself.  What I mean by that is that you would almost guess that there was a minimal problem before, but now all of a sudden (due to all the media coverage) there is a huge problem.  This is not necessarily the case, although the problems is getting more serious.

But Mexico is made up of humans just like in the US, and has come out of tough times and become stronger.

Thanks to all this, Mexico has demonstrated an impressive capacity to overcome crises, of which we’ve had our fair share. They include the government’s repression of the student movement of 1968; a currency devaluation in 1976; an economic crisis in 1982; the threefold disaster of 1994 with the Zapatista rebel uprising, the murder of the P.R.I. candidate for president and a devastating collapse of the peso; and the serious post-election conflicts of 2006.

We have overcome these challenges and drawn meaningful lessons from them.

There are some Americans who would like to close up the border and get rid of all Mexicans… but this is not possible.  The paradox is that Americans want to love and hate the Mexicans.  For example Lou Dobbs is married to a Latina woman…

While we bear responsibility for our problems, the caricature of Mexico being propagated in the United States only increases the despair on both sides of the Rio Grande. It is also profoundly hypocritical. America is the world’s largest market for illegal narcotics. The United States is the source for the majority of the guns used in Mexico’s drug cartel war, according to law enforcement officials on both sides of the border.

Washington should support Mexico’s war against the drug lords — first and foremost by recognizing its complexity. The Obama administration should recognize the considerable American responsibility for Mexico’s problems. Then, in keeping with equality and symmetry, the United States must reduce its drug consumption and its weapons trade to Mexico. It will be no easy task, but the United States has at least one advantage: No one thinks of it as a failed state.

Nor, for that matter, did anyone ever see Al Capone and the criminal gangs of Chicago as representative of the entire country. For Mexico as well, let’s leave caricatures where they belong, in the hands of cartoonists.

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