An issue that seems to have captured the public’s attention is the ever-more heated discussion about the conclusions reached by the experts from the Interdisciplinary Commission on the case of the missing students from Ayotzinapa.
Those results satisfied no one and received an immediate rebuttal from a different group of experts, particularly because they failed to offer an alternative theory of the location of the students’ remains.
It has been also suggested that the ombudsman of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the antagonistic Emilio Álvarez Icaza, might be a conflict of interest. According to that organization’s own rules, an ombudsman cannot recommend an investigation of his own country. This would de facto invalidate the Ayotzinapa investigative commission.
The arrest of “El Cabo Gil” of the Guerreros Unidos could well shine a light on many of the puzzles in this case, as he allegedly ordered the capture, murder and even the cremation of the students. All this was apparently ordered that fateful Iguala night one long year ago by the leader of the cartel, Sidronio Casarrubias.
As few events have, this case has seriously damaged the credibility of the Mexican government. It should be resolved soon.
There’s another, faraway tragedy that also poses profound doubts, the unexpected attack on an innocent group of tourists in the Egyptian desert by military forces deployed on land and air. The attack killed eight and injured six more compatriots during a recreational excursion aboard a convoy of trucks.
The trip was arranged through a travel agency and led by a widely experienced native guide. The deepest doubts surround the travel agency: did it file the right documentation and have the appropriate permissions for the route, necessary to warn the army they were entering an apparent terrorist conflict zone?
There’s also a discussion about the vans and if they were appropriately identified and marked as tourist transportation.
The air- and land-based attacks were brutal, ruining the vehicles and damaging the bodies to the extreme that the only means of identifying them was genetic.
Whatever the reason for the attack, its result was the death of innocent people. Our authorities must be adamant in their protest against the Egyptian government and in its travel recommendations to all those who were planning to visit that country, apparently still involved in a very dangerous conflict.
Armando González is a journalist and broadcaster who lives in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca.