Your editorial "Mexico: Troubling Question" (Oct. 7), indeed, leaves one both troubled and questioning. Carlos Salinas de Gortari, Mexico's next president, you admit, has "not much standing with the people;" he is a colorless candidate "who has never faced the voters in an election." His choice, you imply, "seems to ignore the public" will, while democracy, American vintage, it appears, has been flouted. Yet, ironically, you applaud the selection of Salinas de Gortari by Mexico's oligarchy.
You base your enthusiasm on his youth, "brilliance," schooling and "commitment" to economic reform. But, as the facts stand, the only youthful quality of this man is his age; his mind, judged by his politics of austerity and inflation, hardly speak for experimentation or change, the hallmarks of youth.
His "brilliance" and job qualifications, you apparently assume, stem from his years of study under American tutors at Harvard. Many Mexicans will certainly disagree with that evaluation; to their way of thinking, the formulas of the American success story have little relevance for underdeveloped countries--the sad situation of Mexico.
To the contrary, the austerity politics of International Monetary Fund and Ronald Reagan's United States may be what ails Mexico: They injure most Mexicans.