Monday, October 18, 2010
Something Good Out of Los Pinos?
Calderón, after a lengthy meeting with Senate leaders, promised a bill to alter the military exemption from civilian trials. It's a bit hard to comment on this without knowing the details of the bill, but assuming it exposes military abusers to civilian trials and decreases the impunity, good on the president. Fixing this --both the fuero in particular and the abuses by Mexican security forces in general-- doesn't amount to a comprehensive solution to Mexico's security problems, but it is an unqualified improvement, does remove a potentially significant barrier to long-term public support for confronting organized crime. As such, it's always struck me as shortsighted that Calderón's allies and people in favor of an aggressive crime policy haven't been more ahead of the curve on this issue.