Political observers on both sides of the border are calling the elections results a no-confidence vote in the Mexican economy and a significant rebuke to President Felipe Calderon's admirable but all-consuming war against the drug cartels.
The Harvard-educated lawyer and economist immediately and bravely took the fight to drug lords across the country, unleashing the military in a conflict that has so far killed more than 10,000 Mexicans with no end in sight.
And there are now serious issues -- as spelled out this week in The Washington Post -- involving allegations of torture, forced disappearances and other abuse by the Mexican military as it seeks to retaliate for the killing of soldiers and other terrorist acts committed by the drug cartels.
According to Ruben Navarrette Jr., member of the San Diego Union-Tribune editorial board, nationally syndicated columnist, and regular contributor to CNN.com, "unleashing the military" to kill 10,000 residents (and torture countless others) of your own country isn't murderous. No, it's "admirable" and brave.
Calderon's war remains a noble battle for the soul of Mexico.
[Seizures, arrests, and killings] is bad news for the traffickers. But it's great news for the Mexican people, even if they don't know it.
Calderon should get to the bottom of allegations of military abuse and punish any offenders. But he should also press ahead. And, if the PRI tries to get in the way by, say, limiting the resources to fight the drug war, then Calderon should paint the party as trying to appease the cartels at the expense of Mexico.
Navarette displays here one of those minds so particularly afflicted with authoritarian sociopathy that just reading his words conjures images of torturing small animals and humiliating sex acts in a basement dungeon. He overtly worships the power, the control, the "unleashing", and the killing. He imagines state domination as "noble".
The less-afflicted authoritarian sociopath may defend Calderon's war, but would still display some minor empathy, some little lament, for the 10,000 dead. Navarette saves his minor remorse for the military members stepping out of the role play and exhibiting some dominance of their own.
I suppose Navarette does us some favor here, in giving us a glimpse of the depth of depravity in the mind of an authoritarian sociopath. Imagine the futility of discussing the finer points of the proper role of government with someone who receives sexual titillation from government "unleashing" a jungle war of dominance over the people of that country. To Navarette, the role of government is to be dominant; it is the role of the people to be submissive, and to be punished severely if they disobey.
However, Nararette doesn't stop there. It is not enough for the people to be submissive, but they must perform the ultimate act of submission and choose their master. He detests the PRI because they maintained their 71-year domination of Mexico through "corruption and intimidation". He praises PAN and Calderon because the submissives begged him to be their dom.
The arrests, killings, rapes, torture, kidnappings, and beheadings are justified to Navarette, because the subs were naughty. Whether they were naughty in defiance of Master or intentionally naughty to receive Master's attention, the 10,000 dead should consider themselves lucky.
It's "great news", don't you know.