Great article from Thomas Friedman in the Times. I thought his point was interesting about how Mexico is getting over the Narco War. “It’s as if Mexicans subconsciously decided that their drug-related violence is a condition to be lived with and combated but not something to define them any longer.” I agree but with a bit of a twist – the narco crap has been such the center of attention for so long that I, (and I think the majority of mexicans) are just sick of hearing about it. It’s become boring and folks have just stopped paying attention to it. First it was shocking, then it was a national identity thing (wringing of hands, rending of garments, etc.) and finallly, ah, fuggetaboutit.
I think the biggest thing that Mexico has going for it (which, curiously, never gets mentioned) is that it’s coming from so far behind! Things have a natural ebb and flow to them and, in my opinion, Mexico had all but exhausted the “down” part of the cycle. There was really no where to go but up – the radical disequilibrium between the US and Mexico (in terms of poverty, commerce, productivity, education, you name it) has been SO out of kilter that it seems that Mexico is due for some “up” time.
I’m sure glad I’m here at this time.