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MEXICO: Presidential Elections

Speaking of Fox, Jim Whelan explains what he meant by "alliance":

"Not the alliance with Cardenas, which collapsed six months ago, or more. At the end, the two were such bitter enemies that Cardenas refused to congratulate Fox on election night, saying the battle for hearts and minds just now continue. (In the process, I believe he self-destructed, appearing before huge nationwide TV audiences as a churlish and mean-spirited fellow). An alliance with Cardenas WOULD have made good sense -- much as the Concertacion in Chile, originally organized for the sole purpose of defeating Pinochet in the 1988 plebiscite, but was perpetuated to keep that crowd in power. Unfortunately, the egos of the two principals in the Mexican case were simply too large to facilitate such an alliance.

What I had in mind was when Fox, a month or so ago, brought into his campaign 30 leading leftists, including the son of Heriberto Castillo -- the man who, for so many years, symbolized the communist, hard-Left in Mexico. A mixed-bag which included that sly opportunist, Jorge Castaņeda, the ex-officio ideologue of the PRD left (indeed, he ran Cardenas' campaign in '94). Castaneda is the consentido of the American media and academics because he speaks excellent English and speaks academic gobbledegook.

What I had in mind was his long, private audience with Castro -- after which he pointedly refused to criticize (much less condemn) the longest-reigning dictator (and the only totalitarian) in the history of the western hemisphere.

I had in mind that his "Alliance" includes the radical "green" party of ecologists, etc."

My comment: Well, I am glad to have this assessment of Castaņeda. Where did Fox meet with Castro? Castro is behind the unrest in Chiapas, and Fox did not want the Castro apparatus used against him. He spoke with unconvincing confidence of his ability to settle the Chiapas problem in a talk with the Zapatistas.

Ronald Hilton - 7/04/00