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. position in growing and maintaining the carnage. It’s not only that americans purchase medicinal drugs 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 stressed Mexico into appearing as its border enforcer—with more and more lethal results.
Mexico used to be now not a helpless sufferer. robust forces in the kingdom profited highly from providing americans with what their govt forbade them. however the guidelines that spawned the drug battle have proved disastrous for either countries.
Written via award-winning authors, one American and the opposite Mexican, A Narco heritage stories the interlocking twentieth-century histories that produced this twenty-first century calamity, and proposes the right way to finish it.
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Extra resources for A Narco History: How the United States and Mexico Jointly Created the "Mexican Drug War"
As president, he lit into narcotics. ” Follow-up stories hailed Calles’ announcement that he would “clean out” traffickers from border towns, shut down retail outlets in Mexico City, and go after transshipments from Asia and Europe. ) The government also assaulted opium growers—destroying several hundred acres of Chinese-cultivated poppies in the states of Nayarit and Durango— and went after pot producers too. “Mexico Bans Marihuana,” declared a December 1925 New York Times story recounting industrious efforts by public health department inspectors to arrest farmers and incinerate their crops.
In January 1917, Brigadier General José María Rodríguez, personal physician of Carranza, argued passionately that Mexico’s position in the “competition of nations” was imperiled because the Mexican “race” had become “infirm” and “degenerated” under Porfirian rule. Some delegates even charged the dictatorship had sought to stupefy and distract the populace through drink and drugs, gambling and prostitution. Stern revolutionary elites associated alcoholism, opium addiction, and marijuana consumption with lower-class illiterates and (mistakenly) with indigenous Indians—“backward” social sectors.
The federal state had succeeded in prying drug policy enforcement from the hands of local caciques, drawn it to the national level, and shown drug dealers exactly who was their new boss. This had the additional if unintended consequence of centralizing the drug trade as well. Local traffickers soon realized that survival and prosperity now depended not only on winning protection from municipal and state authorities but required coming to terms with federal forces—the federal police, the military, the DFS, and PRI officials.
A Narco History: How the United States and Mexico Jointly Created the "Mexican Drug War" by Mike Wallace, Carmen Boullosa