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 consciousness from the U.S. function in growing and maintaining the carnage. It’s not only that americans purchase medicines from, and promote guns to, Mexico’s murderous cartels. It’s that ever because the U.S. prohibited the use and sale of gear within the early 1900s, it has confused Mexico into appearing as its border enforcer—with more and more lethal effects.
Mexico was once now not a helpless sufferer. robust forces in the state profited highly from offering americans with what their govt forbade them. however the rules that spawned the drug warfare have proved disastrous for either countries.
Written via award-winning authors, one American and the opposite Mexican, A Narco background reports the interlocking twentieth-century histories that produced this twenty-first century calamity, and proposes the way to finish it.
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The new political system concentrated power overwhelmingly in the hands of the party-selected president, reducing the legislative and judicial branches to rubber stamps. Rivalries and disputes were to be settled inside the party, after which a united front was to be presented to the outside world. Internal factionalism was moderated by patronage. Federal and state officials dispensed contracts, jobs, political promotions, educational opportunities, and social services only to loyal and accommodating party adherents.
Not an indigenous plant, the weed had been introduced by Spanish imperial authorities in the sixteenth century because hemp was highly prized as a nautical fiber, used for making ropes and sails. Gradually it became available from herboleros—indigenous pharmacists—and by Porfirian times (dictator Porfirio Díaz reigned from 1876 to 1911) it had become the drug of choice for the lower classes, particularly soldiers and prisoners. Marijuana had also gained the reputation of being able to trigger temporary insanity and murderous violence.
Border—360 miles to the north—was not only close to Sinaloan traders and producers (called gomeros after the goma) but also notoriously porous. S. side of the ledger, including all or parts of California, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and Colorado. The newly inscribed frontier (enhanced by an additional strip purchased in 1853) became one of the longest borders on the planet, stretching two thousand miles. It ran from Tijuana, on the Pacific coast, through deserts and arid hills to Ciudad Juárez at roughly the halfway mark, and from there it jagged southeast, running along the Río Bravo (as Mexicans call the Rio Grande) down to the Gulf of Mexico.
A Narco History: How the United States and Mexico Jointly Created the "Mexican Drug War" by Mike Wallace, Carmen Boullosa