War on Drugs -- Mexican Drug Trafficking provided funding for intelligence) led to a "…conflict that would contribute to the deaths of tens of thousands of people in drug-related violence" (Lee, p. 1). The campaign was not a new one because for many years Mexican officials have attempted to slow down the cartels or bring them to justice. But, Lee continues, because of a "system-wide network of corruption" that even offered "official government protection for drug traffickers in exchange for lucrative bribes," very little progress was made in fighting the cartels.
When examining the behaviors and goals of various Mexican drug cartels, any well-informed observer can clearly see these groups aren't just drug pushers -- they are also terrorists. The cartels have been known to show their power by going into Mexican communities and simply slaughtering dozens of people then dumping the bodies in a shallow grave, or even stacking bodies by the roadside for citizens to see and become fearful. In fact, on June 18, 2014, twenty-eight bodies were found in a "mass grave" in Veracruz, and the identification of the corpses was difficult because of the decaying bodies (AP).
This grim scene is likely the result of the ongoing war between two cartels, the Zeta and certain rivals; the bodies are likely those of migrants that were coming up into Mexico from Central America, and found themselves in a crossfire between violent drug cartels. In short, by any new or old definition, this is terrorism, pure and simple. This paper covers the security threat that the Mexican drug cartels pose to Mexico and to the United States.
Mexico's Drug War
An article in the Council on Foreign Relations, researched and written by Brianne Lee, explains that in 2006, the then-president of Mexico, Felipe Calderon, partnered with the United States in a "massive crackdown against drug trafficking organizations" (Lee, 2014). However, that crackdown didn't accomplish what it intended to accomplish: from Mexico's point-of-view it was designed to find and arrest cartel leaders; and from the U.S. perspective, it was intended to "stanching the flow of drugs into" the United States. The pertinent question -- was the ...
It is very important to the United States that drug movement be stopped at the border, but that has not happened. Indeed, today Mexican drug cartels are the principle suppliers of heroin into the American market; and the Mexican cartels are the "largest foreign supplier of methamphetamine and marijuana" (Lee, p. 1). Indeed, movement of these three drugs across the U.S. border has "increased since 2005"; and upwards of 90% of the cocaine used in the U.S. comes through Mexico (from South America). That is up from 77% of the cocaine that came through Mexico in 2003, a startling statistic, and it shows that the war on drugs in the U.S. has essentially been a flop.
The Mexican cartels include: the Zetas; Sinaloa Cartel; Juarez Cartel; Tijuana Cartel; Beltran Leyva; and the Knights…
provided funding for intelligence) led to a "…conflict that would contribute to the deaths of tens of thousands of people in drug-related violence" (Lee, p. 1). The campaign was not a new one because for many years Mexican officials have attempted to slow down the cartels or bring them to justice. But, Lee continues, because of a "system-wide network of corruption" that even offered "official government protection for drug traffickers in exchange for lucrative bribes," very little progress was made in fighting the cartels.
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Faux finds that this promise has not been fulfilled, in part because of what NAFTA does not do: NAFTA provided no social contract. It offered neither aid for Mexico nor labor, health or environmental standards. The agreement protected corporate investors; everyone else was on his or her own. (Faux 35) For Mexico in particular, says Faux, NAFTA has been a failure, and the economy still depends too heavily on the remittances