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Mexico: Violence Escalates After Failed Drug War
Mexican marines stand guard in front of a police station in Boca del Río, Veracruz State, Mexico on December 21, 2011. (LUCAS CASTRO/AFP/Getty Images)
January 26, 2012
| Security
| The Americas
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With drug related violence flaring up in areas of Mexico once thought safe, including Mexico City itself, it is more apparent than ever that President Felipe Calderon’s war against his nation’s drug cartels has failed. With his replacement to be chosen in the upcoming July, 2012 election, uncertainty looms on the horizon for Mexico, with large consequences in play for the United States as continued instability along the southern border heightens national security risks and exacerbates the illegal immigration problem.

Felipe Calderon, the current leader of Mexico, was a breath of fresh air when he assumed the presidency in 2006.  Unlike so many of the corrupt leaders who had come before him, he was an honest man who wanted to advance the interests of his country rather than feather his own nest and that of his friends.  Most of all he wanted to take down the ruthless drug cartels which had exercised de facto control over Mexico for years to the great detriment of the Mexican people.

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