La seguridad que nos deben
El Universal Editorial
April 13, 2011
These are not normal times for Mexico. Contrary to what might be expected, we Mexicans are still shocked as each new day brings forth new ways to unsettle us, to frighten us, to outrage us with episodes of horror and death that ar continually increasing in number and viciousness.
The government is also outraged. Yesterday, President Felipe Calderon launched into another “Enough is enough" moment.
“What is affecting Mexican families is crime, organized or not, big or small, from purse snatchings to the kidnappings of businessmen and the murder of travelers. They are hoodlums, they are criminals, they are enemies of Mexico. They need to be stopped. "
The discomfort of the President is directed toward those who use escalating violence and crime to attack the government politically. From the President’s point of view this is an attempt to divert the public’s atention away from the criminal aggressors as the source of the violence.
He is right, but only partially. Much of the discontent with his administration is not that he is considered the source of the problem, but being in charge of ensuring the peace and security of the nation and its inhabitants, he has failed in containing the criminals.
The prevailing perception is that of a weak state unable to enforce the law. While an unprecedented number of police and military have been deployed to fight organized crime, drug trafficking is intact, drug addictions are on the rise, and related crimes such as kidnapping, extortion and human trafficking are burdening millions of Mexicans who feel helpless, with no one to turn to.
The people’s tranquility, their heritage, their freedom and even their lives are being lost as the authorities appear to be have lost control of the problem. This rewards impunity.
Investments are being affected. Some cities, once strong and industrious, are now synonymous with violence and war. We have roads that nobody wants to move on. So, little by little, the criminals are gaining ground is spite of the massive government effort that does not seem to intimidate. If the strategy is wrong, we must correct it or adjust it, but now, without delay, without obstinately following the path that currently seems futile to maintain.
The Mexican State is the constitutional guarantor of the nation’s peace and tranquility, it must perform its duty now.