By Mike Wallace, Carmen Boullosa
The time period “Mexican Drug War” misleads. It signifies that the continued massacre, which has now killed good over 100,000 humans, is an inner Mexican affair.
But this diverts cognizance from the U.S. position in growing and maintaining the carnage. It’s not only that americans purchase medicinal drugs from, and promote guns to, Mexico’s murderous cartels. It’s that ever because the U.S. prohibited the use and sale of substances within the early 1900s, it has confused Mexico into performing as its border enforcer—with more and more lethal results.
Mexico was once now not a helpless sufferer. robust forces in the nation profited highly from offering americans with what their govt forbade them. however the rules that spawned the drug battle have proved disastrous for either countries.
Written via award-winning authors, one American and the opposite Mexican, A Narco heritage stories the interlocking twentieth-century histories that produced this twenty-first century calamity, and proposes tips to finish it.
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Additional resources for A Narco History: How the United States and Mexico Jointly Created the "Mexican Drug War"
Border issues. The United States insists in going it alone, with an expensive border apparatus, and a law enforcement approach that has not paid off. This is the path of empire, attempting to secure its outer perimeters at an increasingly higher cost. History has shown that this path is doomed. Consequently, in the process of analyzing what it is like to live and work and study and move about on the frontlines of these border wars, I also want to expose the absurdity of dealing with the border unilaterally.
S. official working at a POE. S. officials. S. officials who are willing to cooperate with a drug cartel. S. agents that become corrupt are motivated by greed. -Mexico Border Wars job. A drug cartel is willing to pay anywhere between $10,000 and $20,000 to that same agent for allowing a “clavo” to come across by waving it through the POE inspection point. S. official to become corrupt. One is greed, of course, but blood ties also matter. Many officials are tempted by their own relatives across the border.
S. highways to the major metropolitan areas throughout the country. What makes this possible is revealed in a simple mathematical reflection. Of the 5 million trucks that cross the border, only a fraction of them is inspected. It would be extremely costly and time-consuming to run a thorough inspection of every truck. Technology is helping to catch more of the hidden drugs: the infrared and X-ray scanners similar to a car wash sprayer that trucks now go through are helping considerably, but still only a fraction are detected.