The hive mind at Wikipedia states that “Totalitarianism (or totalitarian rule) is a political system where the state recognizes no limits to its authority and strives to regulate every aspect of public and private life wherever feasible. Totalitarian regimes stay in political power through an all-encompassing propaganda disseminated through the state-controlled mass media, a single party that is often marked by personality cultism, control over the economy, regulation and restriction of speech, mass surveillance, and widespread use of terror.” K? Now consider that A) Mexico is a de facto one-party state B) democracy-oriented journalists, judges, police and politicians have been executed by the dozens and C) this from laht.com . . .
Mexico’s federal government has deployed almost 2,800 soldiers to the violence-ridden northeastern state of Tamaulipas in a bid to boost public safety, officials said.
The soldiers were being sent to the state at the request of the government of Tamaulipas, where the military already has a presence, the interior and defense departments said in a statement.
They added that the goal of the deployment is to strengthen “the capacity of state government institutions” and is part of an overall nationwide security strategy.
Authorities said the support “is temporary and extraordinary” and the soldiers will be deployed to 22 Tamaulipas municipalities to replace civilian forces and enable “the process of purging, recruiting and training” police personnel in that state.
These actions reflect the government’s commitment to upholding the rule of law and protecting citizens’ safety, the government said.
George Orwell would be proud, considering that . . .
Calderon has deployed tens of thousands of soldiers and Federal Police officers across the country to combat drug cartels and other criminal organizations due, in part, to distrust of notoriously corrupt local police forces.
That strategy has been controversial, however, because of complaints of rights abuses by army soldiers and other federal forces.
New York-based Human Rights Watch said in March that the National Human Rights Commission – Mexico’s equivalent of an Ombud’s Office – had received close to 5,000 allegations of human rights violations by the military, including killings, enforced disappearances, torture, and rape dating back to 2007.
The idea that the Mexican military is not in cahoots with at least one of the drug cartels is laughable. The fact that both “sides” of any military vs. cartel conflict are armed with American government-approved arms, while the populace is disarmed, is not quite so funny.
America is standing by while democracy disappears in a country with which we share a common border. This will end in tears.