100,000 dead, 30,000 missing — Mexico’s war on drugs turns 10 years old

Ten years after Mexico declared a war on drugs, the offensive has left some major drug cartels splintered and many old-line kingpins like Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman in jail, but done little to reduce crime or violence in the nation’s roughest regions.

❝ Some say the war has been a crucial, but flawed, effort. Others argue the offensive begun by then-President Felipe Calderon on Dec. 11, 2006, unleashed an unnecessary tragedy with more than 100,000 people dead and about 30,000 missing – a toll comparable to the Central American civil wars of the 1980s.

In some places, homicide rates have lessened. In others, the killings continue unabated. The drawn-out conflict has also had a profound effect on those close to the cross-hairs of suffering: youths inured to extreme violence; adults so fed-up with poor and corrupt policing that they took up arms as vigilantes; and families who banded together in the face of authorities’ inability to find their vanished loved ones…

❝ Mexico’s armed forces have increasingly been pulled into the conflict because police forces are often corrupt or unreliable. That has had its own toll on the troops, who are frequently ambushed and accused of illegally executing detained cartel suspects in some cases.

Defense Secretary Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos noted that the army’s involvement was only supposed to be temporary while policing was reformed.

“Ten years ago it was decided that the police should be rebuilt, and we still haven’t seen that reconstruction,” Cienfuegos said. “This isn’t something that can be solved with bullets. It requires other measures, and there has not been decisive action on budgets to make that happen.”…

❝ “Things are the same as far as crime,” said Hipolito Mora, the founder of one of the first “self-defense” militias. “The government has to do more to combat the corruption in itself. If they don’t do that, nothing is going to work. It is the corruption within the government that creates tolerance for organized crime.”…

Corruption, large and small, flourishes because it continues as part of the culture of the political rulers of Mexico. Public efforts to clean up even local government generally are little more than window dressing. There are exceptions. They are in spite of the national government – not because of aid from the government.

7 thoughts on “100,000 dead, 30,000 missing — Mexico’s war on drugs turns 10 years old

  1. Nikohl Vandel says:

    The empowerment of the People in Mexico is a triangulation of rejection must humans don’t even begin to think about, let alone become effective in propagating a significant movement. It’s sad in so many places where we’ve exonerated violence soooooo much.

  2. Warbucks says:

    MEXICO CITY (Proceso) – The premiere on November 16 of the new season of the series “Narcos: Mexico”, produced by Netflix, restates for the American and Mexican publics a central question: How did the brutal wave of violence that is attributed to the drug cartels in Mexico begin? http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2019/01/narcos-mexico-us-hegemony-in-mexican.html#more
    Netflix site: https://www.netflix.com/title/80997085
    “Why’d It Take Netflix So Long to Know ‘Narcos’ Scout Was Dead?” (9/18/17) https://www.thedailybeast.com/truth-endangers-fiction-netflix-narcos-location-scout-murdered-in-mexicos-cartel-country
    Roberto De Jesus Escobar Gaviria, “the brother of Pablo Escobar, the notorious Colombian drug kingpin whose rise and fall are dramatized by the Netflix series”, discusses intellectual property rights (Hollywood Reporter 9/18/17) https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/pablo-escobars-brother-narcos-location-scout-death-netflix-should-provide-hitmen-as-security-1040768?facebook_20170918 In 2014, he founded Escobar Inc. and registered “successor-in-interest rights” for his brother in California. On July 1, 2016, he sent a letter to Netflix demanding $1 billion for unauthorized usage of content.

  3. Collateral damage says:

    “Mexico murder rate rises in first three months of 2019” (BBC News 4/22/19) https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-48012923 “The figures from the National System for Public Security are particularly worrying as 2018 had the highest murder rate since Mexico began keeping records of homicides.”
    (June 15, 2019): “Authorities in the City of Mexico investigate the murder of a man and a woman of 27 and 23 years of age, respectively, as well as an eight month old baby.” http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2019/06/couple-and-baby-shot-in-cdmx.html
    (Jun 19, 2019): A 4-year-old girl in a school and a man taking his daughter to a Kindergarten graduation ceremony there were gunned down Tuesday in Juarez, Mexico.
    Mexico drug cartel violence flares as Mexicles, Gente Nueva war rattles Valley of Juárez (El Paso Times 6/19/19) https://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/local/juarez/2019/06/19/mexico-violence-mexicles-gente-nueva-gang-war-rattles-valley-juarez/1489874001/

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