Uruguay as Disney World: On the Stabbing in Paysandú

There’s a belief in Uruguay that only “evil” can happen outside its borders, that the “paisito” exists separate from the rest of the world, in its bubble of tranquility and peace, which the current Minister of Defense likens to “Disney World”. While on the whole there is much truth to this ideal, events like the recent stabbing of a Jewish grocer by a Muslim convert in Paysandú show that this brand of isolationism isn’t always tenable, and that the well being of Uruguayans is contingent on global trends beyond just the price of soccer stars and Hereford cattle.

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