Where does U.S fit in Mexico’s Drug War?

The following post is in response to the following article at journalism.org, http://pewglobal.org/2011/08/31/crime-and-drug-cartels-top-concerns-in-mexico/?src=prc-headline.

Since President Calderon assumed the presidency of Mexico in 2006, 35,000 people have died in the drug war. Because the situation has gotten so bad in recent years, many Mexicans are warming up to the idea of the U.S helping to train Mexican law enforcers. Mexicans, however, do not support the idea of the U.S troops combating the drug war. In a recent survey, 61% of Mexicans blame both the U.S and Mexico for the drug situation in the county. 18% of Mexicans blame only the U.S.

I realize that whenever I bring up Mexico in a conversation, it leads to intense debates. People have a wide variety of opinions on the immigration and citizenship. The drug war, however, affects us, as UGA Grady students, more than we think. As aspiring journalists, Mexico is the most dangerous country in the world to travel to and write about. It is more dangerous than the Middle East. This awful and violent drug war is happening geographically very near by and is also hitting close to our professional lives.

The U.S cannot deny its rather unpleasant relationship with Mexico. Lives in both countries are at risk now because of the elevating violence. The U.S and Mexico need to come to some sort of arrangement in which safety is the primary concern. I am not at all stating that the U.S needs to deploy troops or take charge, I am simply stating that the two countries need to address this issue in a politically peaceful way.


2 Comments on “Where does U.S fit in Mexico’s Drug War?”

  1. niswatson says:

    As you said, this is a very nuanced issue that brings about many different opinions. A few days ago, a new story came out about two Americans who were slaughtered in Mexico by members of the drug cartel, who may or may not have posted on social networking sites against the cartels. The fear in Mexico is rampant, as the cartels are seemingly take over with little resistance. This war has been waged throughout Central America since Nixon’s presidency, with civilian casualties often being an unfortunate byproduct. It is clear that some sort of joint action needs to be addressed by the Mexican and American governments to find a solution. Another issue is that these cartels have pipelines that exist currently in the U.S., showing that action has to be taken now to control this epidemic. However it is achieved, by military presence or diplomatic sanctions, the end result must be the toppling of the drug cartels in Mexico.

  2. carrendale says:

    I think it was insightful of you to show how this could potentially affect all of our careers in the future. The United States is an incredibly violence obsessed nation. Part of that comes from the media and Hollywood underplaying violence in news stories and movies, but part of that is a direct result of the undeniable fact that conflict is all around us. In particular Mexico, which has seen this egregiously high rise in crime as of late. Like you, I don’t know what the solution is. It could be to send troops in to train their police force. But I’d be willing to bet it’s a lot more complex than that. If most of the violence is a direct result of the drug trade, then how is simply sending more bodies going to help? I think marijuana laws and immigration issues in America are more crucial to stopping the violence.

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