Sunday, October 29, 2006
Mexico, October 29th
I have no doubt from Al Giordano's description of him that Will was reckless. The fact he didn't speak Spanish was a very strong argument against him being there.
The PRI has been trying to systematically shut down alternative media. At least one other journalist was shot on Friday, and I thought I heard of a second. Dozens (probably hundreds, but the situation is too chaotic to know) have been wounded. There were snipers who could have been aiming for APPO leaders and journalists while the liquored up local cops/auxiliaries take the blame. The APPO people are, as best as I can tell, unarmed.
War journalism is very dangerous, and lots of people get killed filming shootouts.
Why is Oaxaca in a state resembling war?
we know why what's happening oaxaca is happening. we know why a state of war. if we know the answer to our own situation, we know that one, too.
BTW, my wording was careless in that response. I said, "Dozens (probably hundreds, but the situation is too chaotic to know) have been wounded." In context, it sounds as if it refers to journalists. It does not. It refers to ordinary people.
Just For The Record.
Mariamaria, what's going on in Mexico is more than mismanagement. The signs are there that the government has become a kind of mafia, partly controlled by narcotrafficking, partly controlled by con men on the order of Ken Lay. An earlier post I did had to do with a biotech entrepreneur who tried to develop a medicine to cure his child, but was cheated by people, including a member of the Fox family.
In Oaxaca, there was a reasonable case for the federal government to use force. Four months of a mass strike is devastating for everyone. But the federal government ha d a right to intervene only if it first responded to the ample evidence of massive corruption by Gov. Ortiz.
Because they failed to investigate that corruption, it's clear that the corruption runs right to the top of the federal government.
The governor of Oaxaca is a disgrace, whose dirty deeds are coming back to bite him in the ass. He's part of the problem, not the solution. In Mexico's current political context though, he won't be going anywhere. Calderon needs the PRI and the PRI is going to close ranks behind Ulises Ruiz. It's a mutual exchange of blackmail between the PAN and PRI.
But over the presidential term, the PAN became the PRI. So, when a real change agent, Lopez Obrador, came along, they had to join forces to prevent someone who might actually start enforcing a law or two.
From the standpoint of the US, the undermining of PEMEX is a disaster. Our economy is heavily dependent on that oil and gas. War in the Middle East, insurrection in Mexico, and irritation by Venezuela at our constant intervention could end us up transported to the technology of 1850.
Whale oil lamps, anyone?
More blogs about politics.