By Mike Wallace, Carmen Boullosa
The time period “Mexican Drug War” misleads. It means that the continued massacre, which has now killed good over 100,000 humans, is an inner Mexican affair.
But this diverts realization from the U.S. function in developing and maintaining the carnage. It’s not only that american citizens purchase medications from, and promote guns to, Mexico’s murderous cartels. It’s that ever because the U.S. prohibited the use and sale of substances within the early 1900s, it has burdened Mexico into performing as its border enforcer—with more and more lethal outcomes.
Mexico was once now not a helpless sufferer. robust forces in the kingdom profited highly from delivering americans with what their govt forbade them. however the rules that spawned the drug battle have proved disastrous for either countries.
Written by way of 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 tips on how to finish it.
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He also allowed opium dealers to sell their goods to the United States. Cantú lasted until 1920—partly because of Mexicali’s geographical isolation and the center’s preoccupation with revolutionary upheaval—when General Abelardo L. Rodríguez was dispatched to reaffirm federal authority. , Rodríguez more or less picked up where Cantú had left off. By 1930, after a tenyear reign in Baja California harvesting profits by providing parched Prohibition-era Norteños with drink and drugs, he had become a millionaire.
Mexican authorities refused, even those sympathetic to Nixon’s project, fearing the ecocidal consequences: they pointed to the frightening side effects Agent Orange was producing in Vietnam. Balked, Nixon launched Operation Intercept in September 1969, overseen by Attorney General John Mitchell and largely devised by G. Gordon Liddy (both of later Watergate fame), with the (unannounced) goal of bullying Mexico into acquiescence. Two thousand inspectors began meticulously scrutinizing each car that tried to cross the frontier, searching (sometimes strip searching) each person, each vehicle, each piece of luggage (including purses and lunch boxes), backing up traffic for miles, in effect shutting down the border.
Reelection was strictly prohibited, thus barring any replay of Porfirian-style “elective” dictatorship. This was no small achievement, given the fate of most other Latin American nations: there would be no dictators-for-life, no Somozas or Trujillos in Mexico’s future. Calles, to be sure, did not completely follow his own script. After his term expired, he managed to select and de facto dominate his three de jure successors, with each serving only two years; hence he became known as the behind-the-scenes Jefe Máximo (“Maximum Leader”).
A Narco History: How the United States and Mexico Jointly Created the "Mexican Drug War" by Mike Wallace, Carmen Boullosa