THE violence involved in Mexico’s drug war is chilling and the escalating death toll truly frightening.
In the last three-and-a-half years more than 26,000 people have died across the country. The latest killings involved Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Coronel, believed to be have established Mexico’s methamphetamine trade. He was gunned down trying to escape soldiers in Guadalajara.
Very few countries could cope with violence on this scale but all countries should take notice of what can happen when drug gangs become so very powerful.
Mexico argues that their plight is a consequence of being a neighbour of the biggest drugs’ market in the world while America tightens immigration laws in what may be a forlorn effort to keep the drugs’ war south of the Rio Grande.
There are not many options: either a society puts up with it, defeats the drug gangs or legalises narcotics now prohibited. Though we turn a blind eye to Mexico’s terrible situation it is an issue we will eventually have to confront one way or another.
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