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Short of imagination

18 April 2011

A practical scheme, says Oscar Wilde, is either one already in existence, or a scheme that could be carried out under the existing conditions; but it is exactly the existing conditions that one objects to, and any scheme that could accept these conditions is wrong and foolish.

Emma Goldman

Photo: Marco Antonio Díaz, Milenio

Gee, that was easy.

The alleged killer of Juan Francisco Sicilia and his friends was detained after an “anonymous caller” told the Army 9th Battalion where they could pick him up., according to official reports.

… and here’s where it gets  interesting.  Rodrigo Elizalde Mora (or Morán), the alleged  (er… “self-confessed” after … um… “persuasion”) perp supposedly belongs to one criminal gang, and a rival gang — undoubtedly motivated by good citizenship — kidnapped him, beat the crap out of him, hand-cuffed in a car, and dropped a dime on the alleged murderer who inadvertently set off a wave of protests against what many in Mexico see as incompetence in law enforcement and the Calderón Administration’s ham-handed response to criminality.

Apparently, those protests that some claimed were just “more of the same”, against the state’s inaction have had SOME effect:  besides being forced to offer up a sacrificial victim in the person of the incompetent Attorney General Arturo Chavez Chavez; the state is, lo and behold, finally uncovering the people behind the mass murder of migrants and travelers in Tamaulipas and others whose bodies are suddenly showing up in supposedly just discovered   “narco-fosas” (mass graves for victims of, one presumes, narcotics export related murder), and rounding up more than the usual quota of “usual supects”.  And — remembering that Juan Francisco’s father, the poet Javier Sicilia, addressed his open letter not only to the state, but to the gangsters as well.

In a very narrow sense, this is not “more of the same”.  In another, events following Juan Franciso’s murder confirms the very conditions that the elder Sicilia condemned:

We have had it up to here because you only have imagination for violence, for weapons, for insults and, with that, a profound scorn for education, culture, and opportunities for honorable work, which is what good nations do. We have had it up to here because your short imagination is permitting that our kids, our children, are not only assassinated, but, later, criminalized, made falsely guilty to satisfy that imagination. We have had it up to here because others of our children, due to the absence of a good government plan, do not have opportunities to educate themselves, to find dignified work and spit out onto the sidelines become possible recruits for organized crime and violence. We have had it up to here because the citizenry has lost confidence in its governors, its police, its Army, and is afraid and in pain. We have had it up to here because the only thing that matters to you, beyond an impotent power that only serves to administrate disgrace, is money, the fomentation of rivalry, of your damn “competition,” and of unmeasured consumption which are other names of the violence.

The state and the gangsters imagination seems only to stretch to more violence, to assigning blame, to “spin”.  The response, so far, has been to overlook the heart of the problem — the absence of a good government plan, opportunities for youth to educate themselves and to find dignified work — in favor of the only things “that matters to you, beyond an impotent power that only serves to administrate disgrace, … money, the fomentation of rivalry, of your damn “competition,” and of unmeasured consumption which are other names of the violence.”

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 18 April 2011 8:08 am

    I don’t think you can read that post that you linked to and fairly argue that I was saying no one would be caught for these crimes. As such, I don’t see how the Tamaulipas arrests contradict what I wrote. I was merely saying that I didn’t see evidence of a sea change in terms of public indignation regarding insecurity, which was all Giordano was referring to in the portion of his piece I posted. Rather different. I may be wrong about that sea change in public opinion, and I’ll be more than happy to acknowledge that should I see evidence of it, but nothing that has happened so far qualifies IMO.

    Also, Chavez Chavez was ousted before the protests and a week before Giordano’s piece came out, and his removal had been rumored for weeks and weeks, so I don’t see that as related.

    • 18 April 2011 1:39 pm

      As I wrote before, I think seeing the one protest as a “sea change” was probably over-blown, but what I linked to was just a more accessible (and shorter) response that looked at those protests in terms of the “drug war”… when what Sicilia unleashed is a call for major cultural, economic and political overhaul. And, the administration (and cartel) responses so far have been kinda weak.

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