Mexico’s military is crumbling under the weight of corruption.
I delivered the following remarks at an anti-NATO conference held in Moscow on May 15, 2012. I was the only North American speaker at an all-day conference, having been invited in connection with the appearance into Russian of my book Drugs, Oil, and War. As a former diplomat worried about peace I was happy to attend: as far as I can tell there may be less serious dialogue today between Russian and American intellectuals than there was at the height of the Cold War. Yet the danger of war involving the two leading nuclear powers has hardly disappeared.
Dilma Rousseff interrupted the speech of Barack Obama. The President of the United States was speaking about the advances of various countries in Latin America, commenting that now there exists “a prosperous middle class” that represents a business opportunity for companies from his country. “Suddenly, they are interested in buying iPads, interested in buying planes from Boeing.” “Or Embraer,” interjected Dilma, yielding applause.
The United States has significantly scaled up its military presence in Honduras in recent months.
The loyalty citizens profess to this violent syndicate or that has nothing to do with actual support, and everything to do with survival in an uncertain social terrain where law enforcement is often a perpetrator.
Not only are the charges old, but he supports President Felipe Calderon’s opposition.
The more exposure the military has to the drug war, the greater the risk that it will succumb to corruption.
Foreign Policy magazine publishes fear-mongering accusations that Venezuela is becoming a narco-state.
Mexico’s federal election campaign officially kicked off March 30, but the contest arguably began in earnest days earlier when Pope Benedict XVI visited the right-wing stronghold of Guanajuato state. In a story worthy of Mexican surrealism, the daily La Jornada chronicled how all the presidential candidates joined with hundreds of thousands of people in the town of Silao to welcome the leader of an institution that is officially prohibited from participating in politics.
The next president should reject current President Felipe Calderón’s profligate use of the military, and should make protection of human rights a cornerstone of a policy to back the power of traffickers.