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Hug me before I overdose

The recent comments by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) about the U.S. fentanyl crisis—“There is a lot of disintegration of families, there is a lot of individualism, there is a lack of love, of brotherhood, of hugs and embraces”—may be the most awkward rationalizing since Cortez explained to Montezuma that he was a savage.

I hear an extraordinary fantasy, one even more unhinged than AMLO’s recent sighting of fairies in trees along the Mayan Train route.

AMLO’s disingenuous pandemic management was never recognized for its shabbiness. By all accounts, death totals in Mexico have gone way beyond the official number (215,000), because many infected Mexicans spent their last days at home instead of in hospital. According to The Economist, guess what one of AMLO’s pandemic management recommendations had been. He urged people to keep hugging and kissing each other. Of course, in times of a devastating national health crisis, the way to go can be summed up as “Spin the bottle.”

So, since the fentanyl crisis, like the pandemic crisis, is merely about family lovelessness, the surge in fentanyl flow north of the border isn’t AMLO’s responsibility, but strictly a U.S. problem.

However, according the Associated Press, the fentanyl trade has gone global,  including a variety of other drugs spiked with fentanyl. It’s not just the United States that doesn’t love its children enough. It’s dozens of countries.

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