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I am a consultant and analyst with eight years of military law enforcement experience, six years of analytical experience covering Latin America, and over seven years of analytical experience covering Mexican TCOs and border violence issues. This blog is designed to inform readers about current border violence issues and provide analysis on those issues, as well as detailed focus on specific border topics. By applying my knowledge and experience through this blog, I hope to separate the wheat from the chaff...that is, dispel rumors propagated by sensationalist media reporting, explain in layman's terms what is going on with Mexican TCOs, and most importantly, WHY violence is happening along the US-Mexico border.

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March 05, 2011

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Thank you for your thoughtful breakdown of the big picture. I have mentioned to several friends that I believe more deaths have occurred in the past five years from narco-violence than I believe will occur in Egypt and Libya combined in the next five years. More narco-deaths than US soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
And, interestingly, last week Speaker John Boehner referred to the border narco-traffic as a 'war'. When asked to repeat, and clarify, he said it again, unequivocally. Perhaps, we're getting the kind of attention finally that this problem deserves.
Kurt Taylor

Hi Sylvia
You more correct than you think
thx

very nice blog

Mexico has seen a decline in its homicide rate. At the begining of the last century the homicide rate was as high as 200/100,000, two decades ago it was about 22/100,000 and today it shows an average of 14/100,000. Actually, the chaos that the media is creating does not let us see what is really happening. If we look at the whole picture, while that rate for criminals is 10/100,000, homicide rate for society has fallen to a 4/100,000, which is lower than the homicide rate in the U.S. As for total crime rate, the U.S. has 6 times more crime than Mexico (taking into account the dark figure).

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