Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Mexico and Colombia

In an LA Times op-ed, former U.S. Ambassador to Colombia Thomas McNamara applauds Hillary Clinton's comparison of Mexico today and Colombia in the 1980s.  As I was just writing this morning, a flood of Colombians have fled the country, creating a huge problem for Ecuador in particular.  If we want to make that comparison, then we also need to realize that there will be a similar flood of Mexican refugees, and they will be heading for the United States.


mike a,  10:21 PM  

I also applaud Hillary's statement. Got to call a spade a spade. Calderon and his crew are a bit too sensitive, considering it could be argued that the situation in Mexico is worse than it ever was in Colombia.

As for the refugees coming to the US, clearly that is happening already. Hillary making a powerful statement is not going to make that any worse.

Justin Delacour 2:28 PM  

Colombia's diplacement of people has been much more extensive than what's happening in Mexico, though, so I'm not sure the comparison is valid. Moreover, the problem of human displacement is actually worse in Colombia today than it was in the 1980s, so the notion that Colombia has somehow surpassed this problem is also mistaken.

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