Where does U.S fit in Mexico’s Drug War?Posted: September 16, 2011
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.