Mexico is without a doubt the leader of Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America, even though it is only because of the number of speakers and our global ranking in both positive and negative aspects.
Meanwhile, Brazil is a subcontinent with an emerging market. Between the two countries we have maintained constant competition, from the Foreign Relations Secretariat to Itamaraty, in the last few years.
However, now Mexico watches Brazil with a certain envy, because it is a country that is capable of politically trying their president and of not respecting even the most important legends when fighting corruption.
Last Friday, the former president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, was detained in his home. His family members and everyone who had a relationship with him was investigated, as if it were a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) operation.
Lula, from his own perspective, has been the best Brazilian president in the last few years. Lula, the metal worker that changed the country and improved the quality of life for 30 million poor citizens by elevated them to the middle class, was investigated, interrogated and searched.
In this sense, I believe that we need to be partners. The Workers Party, which Lula da Silva and President Dilma Rousseff belong to, investigates corruption cases with lightning speed, which is the obvious thing to do as the government party or a party that currently misgoverns Brazil with other political groups.
But at the same time, we see that this occurrence is a prelude to the finale, which will happen when Rousseff or Lula find themselves in a crisis in which neither of them know what to do with Brazil.
On one hand, the socioeconomic conditions caused Brazil to lose its direction, but on the other hand, the cancer of corruption has ended.
Franky, I wouldn’t want any former president to be interrogated by our troops in the fight against corruption. But I do think that it is very important that the corrupt people of our country take note that this is how things are in the world, as impunity is being eradicated.
Now it’s Lula’s turn and no past or present leader should doubt that it could be their turn next.
This is not because the fight against corruption is in style, but because it is toxic and poisons societies and will soon be plague out of our control.