A Reader Wonders If Hillary Was Right To Compare Mexico To Colombia
September 17, 2010, 05:00 AM
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From: Kathlene M [Email her]

I am a regular VDARE.COM reader, and would like to hear what Allan Wall`s opinion on Hillary Clinton`s recent comments comparing Mexico`s narco-violence to 1990s Colombia. Obama has "rejected" her comments and Mexican politicians are up in arms about what she has said:

"Seeking to calm a diplomatic furor, he disputes the secretary of State`s assertion that Mexico`s drug war has begun to look like the Colombian insurgency.

"President Obama sought to calm a diplomatic furor, disputing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton`s assertion that Mexico has begun to look like Colombia at the height of its struggle against a drug-financed insurgency.

"Obama`s comments, in an interview published Thursday by the Los Angeles-based Spanish-language newspaper La Opinion, followed an outcry that began in Mexico after Clinton told a foreign policy group Wednesday that Mexico `is looking more and more like Colombia looked 20 years ago, where the narco-traffickers controlled certain parts of the country.`

"Clinton`s comments were quickly challenged by aides to Mexican President Felipe Calderon.

"`Mexico is a great democracy, vibrant, with a growing economy,` Obama told the newspaper. `And as a result, what is happening there can`t be compared with what happened in Colombia 20 years ago.`" [More]

Obama rejects Clinton comment on Mexico , By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times, September 10, 2010

Allan Wall writes: Of course the Mexico 2010 /Colombia 1990s situations aren`t identical, but it`s undeniable that there a lot of similarities, such as the violence level. If you go to the original Hillary talk [Full text] those statements were actually made in response to a question, and they included positive remarks about President Calderon. But the Mexican government is incredibly prickly about any sort of criticism or apparent criticism.

It doesn`t work the other way though. Calderon and other Mexican politicians lambaste our immigration laws right and left and meddle—and our government actually cooperates with them!