It seems clear that in the upcoming election, siding with Calderon’s all-out drug war isn’t going to be politically popular. And now the main leftist rival has specifically distanced himself in this area.
But the whole mess can be cleared up in the first six months of a new administration. At least, that’s the campaign pledge of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the silver-haired presidential hopeful of the Mexican left. […]
â€œYou canâ€™t fight violence with violence,â€ Lopez Obrador said on national radio Wednesday. â€œWe need a loving republic. We need opportunities for young people so they donâ€™t fall into the arms of organized crime.â€
Between now and the election day in July, Lopez Obrador says, he will convince the Mexican people for a new peaceful approach â€” as opposed to the military policies of the present President Felipe Calderon or the former ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party.
Calderon’s war on drug cartels, the leftist candidate said, has been a disaster for Mexico, unleashing more bloodshed and destroying the economy.
Of course, he’s absolutely right on that last count, but he’s also a bit overly optimistic if he thinks he can solve the problem in six months regardless of the approach — but then again, that’s campaign promises for you.
I suspect what he plans is a kindler, gentler drug war with a lot of positive social programs to make people feel better about their lives (and government), combined with a kind of hands-off approach to the trafficking organizations.
After all, the one thing that no candidate for President in Mexico can solve is the main cause of their problem — the destructive drug policy of the United States.