Firing on U.S. Embassy Vehicle Bodes Ill for Mexico Sovereignty (La Jornada, Mexico)
A little over a week ago, in a yet-to-be-explained shooting, Mexican Federal Police fired on a U.S. Embassy vehicle carrying two CIA agents and one Marine en route to a Mexican naval base. While there were no fatalities, according to this editorial from Mexico’s La Jornada, the shooting illustrates the threat of growing ‘U.S. political, police, military and intelligence intervention in Mexico,’ thanks to the failure of Mexican authorities.
The La Jornada editorial says in part:
Ambassador Wayne’s announcement of collaboration between Mexican and U.S. authorities, in a case that should be explained and clarified exclusively by our own government, together with unmistakable hints of interventionism revealed by the episode – beginning with the presence of two CIA agents and a U.S. Marine traveling toward a military training camp – reinforces the impression that the current federal administration has given over crucial aspects of public and national security to a foreign power. Furthermore, we are discussing a foreign power that has proven an unreliable ally in the government’s effort to fight crime, and with its intrigues has exacerbated strife among the various security agencies of the Mexican State
This situation, which puts the country in a condition similar to that of a U.S. protectorate, is extremely dangerous for the viability of our nation and its institutions. One wonders to what degree diplomatic tensions and U.S. interventionism in Mexico might escalate if the fired-upon diplomatic vehicle was less heavily armored, and in the event, resulted in fatalities.
At the risk of committing political irresponsibility of a very high order, the federal government should recognize the unacceptability of allowing and even encouraging political, police, military and intelligence intervention of the U.S. in Mexico.
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