Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is sticking to his policy of using “hugs not bullets” in his government’s fight against the country’s many vicious drug cartels. After nine Americans, three women and six children, were recently slaughtered, American President Donald J. Trump offered to help Mexico put an end to the senseless violence. Obrador declined, doubling down on his “hugs not bullets” policy saying, “violence cannot be confronted with violence.”
Yes, we all remember how slavery, genocide, communism and fascism were defeated with aggressive hugging campaigns. It was a good thing Churchill and Roosevelt agreed that violence wasn’t the answer in conducting World War II. Who knows how that war would have turned out if bullets and bombs had been used instead of hugs and kisses? Shortly after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, F.D.R. famously declared that a “state of amity” had existed between the U.S. and the empire of Japan and said his nation must go on until “unconditional love” was achieved. Later in the war, General George S. Patton’s 3rd Armored Division rushed to the aid of fellow troops encircled by the Germans in “The Battle of the Bulge,” embracing the Germans and gently caressing them until they decided to give up their weapons and return peacefully to their homeland. Near the end of the war, after allied troops uncovered the horrors of the German concentration camps, they redoubled their efforts to “hug the hate out of the Nazis”…to great effect.
Of course, after the war, the Soviet Union closed all roadways into East Berlin-- and halted train travel and barge traffic into the city as well-- to keep citizens of East Berlin from escaping to the West. This led the allies to conduct the massive Berlin Airlift, whereby allied soldiers parachuted into the city and hugged the hell out of the Soviets until they relented and reopened the city, many singing “We Are the World” as they did.
Many Americans don’t know this, but in late 1967 North Vietnamese President Ho Chi Minh said, “You know, if the Americans would have just come over and hugged us, we would have welcomed them like brothers! So sad.”
So, the next time you encounter a mob boss, terrorist, mass murderer, drug cartel, or sex-trafficker, give him, her or them a big hug. You’ll be glad you did.
And remember, you can’t hug your kids with nuclear arms. Si señor?