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President of Mexico Declines Trump’s Offer of a War

By David Swanson
Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), the President of Mexico, was not eager to accept Donald Trump’s offer to fight a war against drug dealers.
Mexico’s new President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador holds a news conference at National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico December 3, 2018. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido – RC14AA892810

Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), the President of Mexico, was not eager to accept Donald Trump’s offer to fight a war against drug dealers.

The worst that could be, the worst thing we could see, would be war.

Those who have read about war, or those who have suffered from a war, know what war means.

War is the opposite of politics. I have always said that politics was invented to avoid war.

War is synonymous with irrationality. War is irrational.

We are for peace. Peace is a principle of this new government.

Authoritarians have no place in this government that I represent.

It should be written out 100 times as punishment: we declared war and it did not work.

That is not an option. That strategy failed. We will not be a part of that. . . .

Killing is not intelligence, which requires more than brute force.

David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is executive director of WorldBeyondWar.org and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org. Swanson's books include War Is A Lie. He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org. He hosts Talk Nation Radio. He is a 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee.

Published Date: Tuesday, November 5th, 2019 | 06:35 PM

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