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Mexico's Drug War: Persisting Violence and a New President

Friend of Freedom Wrote: Jan 20, 2013 6:28 PM
Drug prohibition is the dominant driver of violence in America and Mexico, today. DRUG prohibition is a foolish replay of ALCOHOL prohibition, causing all the same social problems: high crime levels; violent gangs; corrupt public officials; and an ugly, brutal culture. When we Americans wisely ended our “war on alcohol”, the murder rate was cut in half in the US in the 12 months following the repeal of Prohibition. The murder rate continued a year-by-year decline – right in the teeth of the Great Depression. Mexican President Felipe Calderón proved the converse: When you escalate the drug war, you also escalate the violence. He triggered a massive increase in “gun violence” by recklessly escalating the “war on drugs” in Mexico, six years

Editor's Note: This week's Security Weekly summarizes our annual Mexico drug cartel report, in which we assess the most significant developments of 2012 and provide updated profiles of the country's powerful criminal cartels as well as a forecast for 2013. The report is a product of the coverage we maintain through our Mexico Security Memo, quarterly updates and other analyses that we produce throughout the year as part of the Mexico Security Monitor service.

In 2013, violence in Mexico likely will remain a significant threat nationwide to bystanders, law enforcement, military and local businesses. Overall levels of violence decreased during 2011, but...

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