Friday, April 08, 2005


The Mexican Coup

"Eighty-six years ago this week Mexican revolutionary General Emiliano Zapata was assassinated in a State-plotted ambush, on April 10, 1919. Eleven years ago, also at this springtime of year, leading presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio was assassinated on the campaign trail, in Tijuana: on March 23, 1994. What President Vicente Fox, together with his former adversaries of the once-monolithic PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party, which ruled Mexico for seven decades prior to Fox’s 2000 electoral victory), are attempting today is nothing less than a pre-emptive coup d’etat: a political assassination ... to remove Mexico’s leading presidential candidate from the 2006 contest." --Al Giordano This is a grand story, and a national rising on a grand scale. One million people heard Mayor López Obrador live. The fire of liberty is indeed spreading, just not as George Bush intended. I especially liked this line from Giordano: "The Times, interestingly, insisted in its editorial that López Obrador 'is no Martin Luther King.' In Timespeak, as educated consumers of the newspaper have learned to read between the lines, the insistence that he is not means that he frightens them precisely because he is. After all, to the elites whose spokespaper is the Times, not even Martin Luther King was Martin Luther King... until he was dead."
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