Sunday, June 05, 2005

Architect of Mexico's anti-anti-terrorism dies in car wreck

Adolfo Aguilar Zinser, architect of Mexico's intransigent policy against helping the US in the war on terrorism, died this weekend in a Jeep wreck. While one takes no joy in his passing, we want to make sure the record stays straight.

This blogger has long been critical of Zinser, a left-wing political activist who considered himself an intellectual, who formed an alliance of convenience with Mexican President Vicente Fox. Zinser was Fox's national security adviser before becoming ambassador to the United Nations. He was one of the two main figures behind Mexico's new international activist role against US security interests, and a mastermind of Mexico's attempts to dismantle the inter-American security system that has been in place since the late 1940s and that was activated after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

After Zinser failed to obstruct the US in Iraq from Mexico's new seat on the UN Security Council, he became so extreme and antagonistic that President Fox sacked him. He then turned against Fox, accusing him of trying to curry favor with the United States and of personal betrayal.

To his credit, in the late 1990s Zinser turned against Cuban dictator Fidel Castro after having slavishly supported him for decades.


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