Bad news on drugs


Phillip Caputo offers us a thing or two about Mexico and the War On Drugs:

Photo by Julian Cardona.TO CLARIFY THE CRIME. Of the many things Mexico lacks these days, clarity is near the top of the list. It is dangerous to know the truth. Finding it is frustrating. Statements by U.S. and Mexican government officials, repeated by a news media that prefers simple story lines, have fostered the impression in the United States that the conflict in Mexico is between Calderón’s white hats and the crime syndicates’ black hats. The reality is far more complicated, as suggested by this statistic: out of those 14,000 dead, fewer than 100 have been soldiers. Presumably, army casualties would be far higher if the war were as straightforward as it’s often made out to be.

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From the great Northland


Meanwhile, north of the border—and south, such as it is:

A senior Mexican senator and former foreign affairs minister yesterday called Canada’s visa controls on Mexico a humiliation and questioned whether Canadian-Mexican relations will improve as long as Stephen Harper is Prime Minister.

In a blunt speech to a Toronto business and academic gathering, Senator Rosario Green Macias detailed the information she was required to provide to the Canadian government to enter Canada – proof of property ownership, her last six bank statements, a letter from the Mexican senate stating she is a senator and personal information about other members of her family.

“That has to stop,” said Ms. Green, who is president of the external relations commission of Mexico’s senate, an academic, a former secretary-general of Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and a one-time senior United Nations official as well as diplomat and cabinet minister.

She wore a silk scarf with a Mountie emblem, a gift from her daughter who attended private school in Quebec’s Eastern Townships.

She repeatedly told her audience that the Mexican-Canada relationship is troubled. Twice she used the word “humiliating” to describe Canada’s visa controls, linking them to the wall – which she also called a humiliation – that the United States is building along the U.S.-Mexican border to keep out illegal migrant Mexicans.

Later, talking to journalists, she said the relationship will improve “when you change prime ministers,” then realized what she’d said and asked not to be quoted.

No, really. Imagine someone doing that—any of that—in the United States. And don’t give me that shit about how it’s coming. Yes, yes, whatever. But really. Proof of property ownership? Bank statements? A letter from home? From the Senate?

Yeah. And Barack Obama’s the goddamn Devil.

Okay, I got nothin’. Obviously. But … what about that story even sounds right?