Mexico has long been a friend to the United States.
And no one is better at seeing the flaws of another than a friend.
Our friends in Mexico have not exactly been reluctant over the years to point out our flaws, nor us theirs.
And one problem Mexico has had over the years is passing the buck or otherwise not taking the blame when it should. It is easy to blame the big, bad United States for many of our shared problems, but in a lot of cases it is not our fault or is the fault of both nations.
With that history, it is encouraging to see Mexico, specifically Baja California Attorney General Raul Ramirez Baena, saying the evidence points to Mexican soldiers as the ones who on June 13 opened fire on a sport-utility vehicle carrying 23 illegal immigrants and heading toward the United States. It is particularly bold because most of the people violated and/or injured by the shootings were not Mexican but Salvadorans we assume were in Mexico illegally.