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There is an enormously understated problem facing the U.S. today. However, people are too busy squinting to see conflicts overseas to notice what’s happening on their own front porch.
The Mexican drug war is affecting the United States more than the average citizen knows.
Mexico is in turmoil. This once self-sufficient country has come about as close to anarchy as ever before with the rise in power of around ten different drug cartels that are brutal in their tactics to traffic people, drugs, arms and money.
As of January 2012, the Mexican government reported a death toll in drug-related incidents to be 47, 515 people since 2006. That is more than the populations of Belton and Salado combined, and then doubled – way too many people dead for the United States to simply turn a blind eye.
Would America stand for this if it were the names of United States cities in the headlines? You know, the ones that always get buried in the paper, that never quite make front page?
Most people would say that America wouldn’t stand for it. Who would? No good could ever come from this war, and absolutely nothing is being done to put a stop to any of it. Mexico’s left hand is at war with the right hand, and in the end the body suffers — the people.
The economic situation is worse off than the recession here in the U.S. With the North American Free Trade Agreement, farmers who once sold domestically were beaten out by American farmers who are subsidized by the U.S. government. There was absolutely no competition.
Even before NAFTA, workers were breaking their backs in the fields, were making per day what a minimum wage worker makes in the U.S. in two hours of flipping burgers, while Mexican drug lords make Forbe’s billionaire list.
Now these desperate people are being used as drug mules, being extorted for money that they don’t have and are charged a few months’ worth of wage to endanger their lives for an unforgiving trip north and a shot to somehow find a job in the States.
Even from a less humanitarian and more selfish perspective, it would benefit the United Sates to lend Mexico a hand. For example, Mexico composes 90 percent of the U.S. cocaine market.
Beefing up border security would create more jobs in this dreadful economic climate, as well as keep out more undocumented workers. In addition, the drug trade allegedly allows Mexico to take over a billion dollars of American currency out of circulation. Had enough?
How about the humanitarian crowd out there? Because of the drug cartels, homicide is about as common as a sunny day around here. It has gotten to the point where homicide isn’t enough and cartels turn to decapitation as forms of intimidation. Sadly the children are exposed to the violence and do not know peace.
The Mexican drug war is not something to be taken lightly. Attention must be called to this issue. The U.S. needs to hear the call to help their fellow North Americans.