I got a reply from my friend.
One of the things that he told me is that there is a lot of fear amongst the Mexican populace. Most are like you and I, just wanting to have the
freedoms to work and live their lives peacefully. He told me that there are many aspects to the situation in his country now. The country is captive
to the daily violence and disrespect of basic rights. And because all of this is fueled with millions of dollars and arms (Fast and Furious and other
ops, probably some that we don't even know about and most agree aren't good ideas), due to evil and corruption on both sides of the border, there is
no end in sight. "A Country that has tons of good and working people, loving and enigmatic places... and we just cannot find the day peace is settle
He likens Calderon's policy of frontal assault on the cartels (which he states has strengthened the cartels and mafia instead of weakening them) to a
person hitting a wasp's nest with a short stick.
He says that there are many instances that the people are not told about or followed up on in the media. He states that they have been told that this
was the Federales doing the shooting, but also acknowleges that counterfeit/pirated "official" vehicles/uniforms are available on the black market
and that it could be cartel or mafia instead of police. He states that not being told what is going on adds to the alarm and confusion. They only
state that the Mexican Army and Navy are fighting the war against the cartels. It appears that our agencies being involved is kept secret from the
populace. He said most of the populace hopes that our agencies are helping the Mexican government in ending the violence. The people that have been
educated at private schools and universities are knowlegeable about the past history of the CIA and it's involvement in Central and South America.
They watch since Tlatelolco incident in 1968
and acknowlege the Cartels associations with
guerillas in central america since the 1960s. He states that "Somehow, Mafias or Cartels from the U.S., Mexico and Central America, had joined
One of the other issues is the political environment. The PRI ruled Mexico for 70 years and are now returning to power. He states "The PRI party, has
a lot to do with all these, because it is impossible for a party who has been just for 12 years (PAN) to create all this in this time span. It's
known that the PRI supported all this through many years, and hide it." It is rumored that the President Elect, Pena Nieto, killed his wife. He told
me that Nieto has a lot of skeletons in his closet. "There had been examples of good governors who had done their best to keep things as good as
possible. the truth is that the governors with a PRI background, are always discovered doing all kinds of things, except the good ones they should be
fulfilling and acomplishing". He said also, "We don't trust in Pena Nieto a thing. He wasn't the favorite candidate of the masses, Lopez Obrador
was. Respect to people choice is far away from being a realistic thing....since things tend to be arranged and fixed with money."
Another is the mismanagement of the Mexican economy. He told me that the Peso has devalued by 600% over recent years and inflation is bad. He gave the
example of a kilo of egg 2 months ago was about $1.30 usd and is now around $3.75.
I asked him if the populace was taking up arms for personal protection. He told me 2 things.
1) "Most of us do not trust in the police, it's people who aren't well prepared, and this is just another plan by our goverments to keep their
salaries as low as possible...so the only thing they had done is to "factorize" a nest for more corruption. Unprepared and people without the right
academic preparation are too fragile and easy to bribe."
2) "Most of us the people just keep our eyes wide open, and we do not have permit to carry guns with us. I prefer things being that way, because of
the huge number of people that aren't well educated or weren't raised in a good embiroment, all things could turn into massacre if the government
were giving us the "right" to have guns."
One of his final comments to me was: "We are a nation who also need to wake-up, and stop being a "sure thing" for all the things the governors
decide to do to us. If we wake up and stop buying any product that the government dares to duplicate or triplicate, then the power will be ours. But
if we continue with this "Oh, that how things are, and we can't do anything about it" type of thinking...they'll do with us whatever they
I thanked him for a different prospective on this. Funny, it seems that his country is a lot like my country.