Thursday, May 5, 2011

Sentences You'd Like to Have Back

From Leonardo Curzio's Monday column, presumably written days earlier, about the debate over the national security laws and the dangers of overreacting to the security threat in Mexico:
Spain managed to arrest (with all the legal guarantees) the cell responsible for March 11 and the US continues without any leads regarding Bin Laden.
For a number of different reasons, it was not a good comparison regardless of the news from Pakistan, but it of course became much less apt on Sunday night.

I did agree with the intro to the column and the point about the lack of balance in the debate:
Rarely have I felt such a sensation of loss as I have in recent days. The discussion about the National Security Law took place without clear positions on the part of the institutional actors (the federal government), with versions of the law that circulated without attribution to any commission in particular and with an apocalyptic chorus that was launching warnings about the risks of a state inspired by Pinochet being installed surreptitiously: what a mess! The issue is too serious for everyone, in the most typical national style, to try to benefit politically.
Personally, I think Calderón should have done a lot more to take the issue out of the realm of politics upon his arrival. He opted instead to send troops to Michoacán as quickly as possible. While you can't directly blame him for all the discord over security policy, he is to a certain degree reaping the whirlwind.

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