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December 23, 2009

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totaly agree, as in any war what starts out with some rules, it quickly degenerates into a conflict of attrocities. The governement cannot protect the whole country, a few bombs in and around popular tourist resorts will cause huge financial losses. They don't even have to be lethal.

In my opnion, Mexico has to use the full power of the state to go after the cartels, their leadership and the infastructure. This has to be done quickly and no cost and resources spared. In addition, Mexicans have to look in the mirror and ask themselves the question, how did it come to this? Terroritst are not born that way, they are made.

How dumb can the cartels get?

They've just crossed a line and they will not be allowed to go back.

The Mexican military has just been given their ultimatum: their country or the cartels, and they're going to choose their country.

This is going to get incredibly ugly, but it's ultimately going to lead to the destruction of the cartels.

Sylvia,

I appreciate your blog and your analysis focusing on Latin America and particularly the Drug War in Mexico. Yet, I believe that treating the DTO's as terrorists is counterproductive. I agree vigorous policing and law enforcement efforts are needed. However, violence in Mexico is a symptom of a much larger movement afoot--- the transition of Mexico away from a one party state, with the PRI in charge, to a country with competitive elections (see http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/24/opinion/24krauze.html ). This political transition coupled with Calderon sending in troops has upset relationships between DTO's and local police and politicians...with violence resulting. The fundamental problem confronting Mexico is one of state capacity and how to build it--security is just one integral compoenent in this equation. Colombia underwent a similar phase of violence (even more brutal than what is going in Mexico), and while it still has a way to go, is more stable and a better functioning democracy. To treat Mexico's problem with DTO's as terrorism is bound to obfuscate attention away from building state capacity, which is the long-term solution to the violence in Mexico. Keep up the good work.

The killing of narco-leaders by the Mexican military (or police for that matter) will only perpetuate the unbearable violence afflicting Mexico. Violence and death is the cartel's occupation , and they are extremely efficient, brutal, macabre, and indiscriminate in its delivery. Therefore, why should anyone be surprised about the killing of the soldier's family? I am not...

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