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Why the Mexican Drug Wars matter

December 7, 2011

The Mexican Drug war(s) have taken a terrific toll in the last ten years. The body count is conservatively estimated at around 50,000 and could well be twice as high. Sadly, most of those killed are civilians caught in the cross fire between often corrupt Mexican law enforcement officers and members of the various warring drug cartels.

On the other side of the border in the United States, government and law enforcement officials are growing increasingly worried about the mounting attrition rate and the spread of hard drugs and violence into all fifty American states. President Obama is a fluent Spanish speaker yet it will take a lot more than smooth talking to make this problem go away. A massive influx of policing assets isn’t going to make it just go away and one is left wondering if the problem will ever be solved. Doing nothing is no solution even if the appetite for drugs north across the Rio Grande will fuel the drug trade well into the future.

I have studied the Mexican Drug War for some time and I am completing a novel called “Our Mexican Connection” which incorporates this ingoing research. This year (2011) there have been several large seizures of hard drugs coming out of Mexico with the smugglers becoming more inventive as surveillance is stepped up. One of the shipments (amounting to about $ 100 million worth of cocaine) was secreted in Tecante Mexican beer and one can only imagine where the next lot will be hidden and found.  It appears certain that the highly costly (in lives, reputation and treasure) Mexican Drug War is unlikely to end any time soon. A new strategy may well be required although this is more easily said than done and will need the full cooperation of the United States of America and the United States of Mexico.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. December 7, 2011 2:33 pm

    I think the governments that are trying to stop the trade are actually behind the trade. So I can’t see much changing.

  2. December 7, 2011 9:38 pm

    I for one think the Drug War is Awesome!!

    • April 18, 2012 10:51 am

      The Drug wars in Mexico are tearing the country apart. I have tried to express that in my latest novel.

    • May 24, 2012 11:59 am

      Yes the Drug war is awesome yet is legalization the way forward as urged by some Latin American leaders past and present? I know President Obama doesn’t think so, at least not in an election year..I was living in the US when Nixon began his Drug War and many of those i knew in High School ended up in jail sometimes for decades. the comedic approach you have taken here seems to be a logical response to an absurd situation.

  3. December 8, 2011 12:19 pm

    Yes you may well be right. The corruption goes very high in Mexico and the sentencing today of former AFP Assistant Director John Standon for drug trafficking indicates Australia is itself not immune.

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