Washington pushes Mexico to support the war against Russia

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Over the past few weeks, as the US-NATO war on Russia in Ukraine spirals into nuclear “Armageddon”, as US President Biden himself has acknowledged, and pushes inflation at historic highs, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has multiplied his administration’s calls for a negotiated negotiation. settlement, while condemning Russia, Ukraine, the United States, European powers and the UN for escalating the conflict.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Mexico’s Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard at the IX Summit of the Americas, June 2022. (Gobierno de Mexico)

During its morning press briefing on Monday, AMLO called for a five-year truce and warned against planned nuclear missile tests by NATO and Russia, saying: “Some of them have not not even a good lens, which worries me the most. .”

He denounced those “who send arms to countries where there are conflicts and who interfere in the internal affairs of other countries… They have already bombed a bridge. They already sabotaged a pipeline. There was already a statement that we were about to press the button.

The UN acts as a mere “ornament”, he said, when “it should demand dialogue and peace every day. Have you heard of the UN? Nothing!”

López Obrador stressed: “Don’t train us. We are not warmongers. We have connections with people all over the world. Our policy is against war and for peace. Our policy is neutrality. No, we are not on the side of any hegemonic power in the world… In this case, we have acted and will continue to act in a neutral way.

These comments follow those he made during his Independence Day speech on September 16, when he denounced the war in Ukraine, Western sanctions and the mass shipment of arms to Ukraine. as “irrational”. He said in that speech seen by tens of millions: “Great powers position themselves before conflict only to serve their own hegemonic interests… and the interests of the war industry.

Arms shipments to Ukraine, he added, “have only served to exacerbate the conflict, to create more suffering among the victims, their families and refugees, to aggravate the shortage of food and energy and fueling inflation globally – issues that hurt the vast majority of people in the world.” After citing the invasions of Mexico by France and the United States, he concluded by calling for a ceasefire and a negotiated settlement mediated by Pope Francis, far-right Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UN Secretary General António Guterres.

Among other similar statements, on October 5, AMLO denounced the European Parliament’s proposal to nominate Ukrainian President Zelensky for the Nobel Peace Prize. “How could one of the actors of the war receive the Nobel Peace Prize? he said incredulously.

That day, Zelensky addressed the General Assembly of the Organization of American States held in Peru remotely and called on Latin American nations to support Ukraine, including through sanctions. against Russia.

The following day, AMLO replied to Zelensky stating that the sanctions are “irrational” and serve only to exacerbate “the suffering of the people”. Mexico, Argentina and Brazil then refused to sign an OAS summit declaration condemning only Russia for the war.

While there is certainly an element of grandstanding and hypocrisy in AMLO’s statements, the fact that the government of the United States’ neighbor and major trading partner openly accuses the United States of escalating the war in Ukraine for its “own hegemonic interests” is a blow to the war. the propaganda of the United States and NATO, which maintains that all would be well in the world if only Putin had not invaded Ukraine.

The same week the Biden administration announced its national security strategy, which outlines a plan to wage global war against Russia and China to “win the competition of the 21st century,” Mexico’s elected leader, whose resources , industries and territory are a key pillar of the US economy and military, declared “neutrality”.

Under the heading “Fostering Democracy and Shared Prosperity in the Western Hemisphere,” Biden’s strategy states, “Our priority is to work with Canada and Mexico to advance a North American vision for the future that s builds on our common strengths and enhances America’s global competitiveness. ”

After decades of integrating North American supply chains to facilitate the competition of American and Canadian imperialism against its economic rivals in Europe and Asia, the first shutdowns during the pandemic have proven that all major American industries depend Mexican suppliers.

After a high-level US-Mexico security dialogue in Washington DC on Thursday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken denounced AMLO’s statements on the war. “There is no neutrality when talking about annexations,” he said. “What is important is to ask whether the values ​​of the UN are reflected in Mexico’s position.”

Undoubtedly, these comments only provide a glimpse of much more serious threats and intimidation behind the scenes. This was reflected in Mexico’s vote in favor of a UN General Assembly resolution condemning Russia’s annexation of four new territories in eastern Ukraine. Mexico’s UN ambassador Juan Ramón said in a speech that annexation “represents an escalation of the armed conflict, including a nuclear threat or nuclear accident” and called for an immediate truce. On March 2, Mexico also voted in favor of a UN resolution condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

At a joint press briefing on Thursday, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard also felt compelled to clarify that a space exploration deal with Russia announced last weekend actually dates from September 2021 and is not in effect.

In a speech on Monday, EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell denounced Turkey, India, Brazil, South Africa, Mexico and Indonesia as “oscillating states, voting one side or the other according to their interests” and “creating this disorderly multipolarity”. Then he chose AMLO, saying, “Look at the Mexican president’s recent speech. Who is our delegate from Mexico? Is he here? You heard what the Mexican president said about us recently. He made the intimidating remarks seconds before denouncing Putin’s supposed “imperialism”.

Walking a tightrope, AMLO then said on Wednesday that he had no problem with the Ukrainian president addressing the Mexican Congress. As early as June 10, Mexico signed a joint statement with the United States and Canada condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine. “Our coordinated responses to Russian aggression against Ukraine, including calls to establish a diplomatic path forward, demonstrate the importance of North American solidarity,” the statement said, committing to the same paragraph to “strengthen our relationship, which is the key to our collective security”. and prosperity.

At the same time, US and Canadian imperialisms seek to further consolidate North American supply chains as a platform for waging economic and murderous wars. Ultimately, this presents new profit opportunities for the Mexican ruling class that AMLO represents.

A crucial part of this process has been advanced semiconductors and chips, most of which are produced in Taiwan. The Biden administration has not only put Taiwan at the forefront of its war provocations against China, but last week banned the export to China of advanced computer chips and the equipment to produce them.

On Sept. 12, Blinken and U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo met with AMLO and other senior Mexican officials to report that, thanks to major incentives to move production to the U.S., semiconductor makers “would like to see the rest of their supply chain in the North”. America, Mexico in particular. In other words, they want better access to cheap Mexican labor and resources.

At the meeting, AMLO responded positively to the semiconductor investment announcement, which is a blatant step in preparation for war.

In the final analysis, the capitalist government in Mexico will seek to use geopolitical tensions to extract investment and other concessions from the United States and Europe for Mexican companies and banks, which are entirely beholden to their imperialist bosses.

While it is clear that AMLO’s statements reflect a very real concern that the conflict will spiral out of control into a nuclear world war, AMLO is deadly hostile to the only social force that can defeat the great imperialist powers and put an end to their insane plans. world war: the international working class.

Like all other capitalist politicians, he is unwilling and unable to appeal to working people in the United States, Europe, Russia, Mexico and beyond to mobilize massively and politically against this existential threat. for Humanity. It is up to workers and young people to build this movement based on a revolutionary and socialist program.

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