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19 March 2011

Imagine armed Mexican agents tapping phone lines and flying military planes over Texas and Arizona in search of gun-shop owners and straw-buyers responsible for arming the drug cartels in Mexico. Such actions would not be tolerated by the American people and any suggestion that this were taking place would lead immediately to a high-level congressional inquiry. Although international coordination and support is always helpful, the U.S. legal framework correctly conceives of law enforcement as an eminently domestic affair.

The same is true in Mexico. Mexican law explicitly prohibits foreign agents from carrying weapons or being directly in charge of wiretaps or criminal investigations on Mexican territory. The Mexican constitution also requires the president to gain approval of its senate before allowing foreign military operations in domestic airspace. The general outcry in Mexico against these actions is therefore not a result of backward “nationalistic elements in the political elite,” as one expert has claimed, but a healthy defense of fundamental constitutional principles. This Thursday, Mexico’s foreign secretary, Patricia Espinoza, received a well-deserved shellacking at the hands of leading senators from all of the major political parties, including the sitting government’s Nacional Action party….

John Ackerman, The Daily Beast

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 19 March 2011 8:45 am

    ¡Hear!¡Hear! Estoy de acuerdo completemente.

  2. 19 March 2011 11:58 am

    ¡También YO!

    Everyone should read Ackerman’s complete article by clicking on “The Daily Beast” above. Ackerman is not only correct in what he writes but represents the view of the large majority of Mexicans.

    There is a good reason the ordinary Mexicans, such as my wife’s family from northern Sinaloa and the sierras of Durango, DON’T call those of us from “el otro lado” gringos, but prefer to call us “INVASORES” — invaders. I, and many others I know who call themselves “progressive”, am appalled at the actions (or lack thereof) of the U.S. government in its interactions with its neighbor country.

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