[La Jornada, Mexico]



La Jornada, Mexico

U.S. is No Help to Mexico in Combating Drug Mafias


"Hillary Clinton's acknowledgment of her government's responsibility for the smuggling of guns and her country's insatiable demand for illegal drugs was a praiseworthy but insufficient gesture. ... Obama has let the matter stagnate and gives the impression that his only option is to back President Calderon's plan, despite its proven ineffectiveness."




Translated By Halszka Czarnocka


March 24, 2010


Mexico - La Jornada - Original Article (Spanish)

Secretary of State Clinton asks: 'Who's the head here?' [Who's in charge, here?] - In reference to the police and civilians who have been beheaded by Mexican drug cartels in recent days.

[El Universal, Mexico]


AL-JAZEERA NEWS: U.S. pledges to redouble efforts to combat Mexican drug cartels, Mar. 24, 00:03:30 RealVideo

As far as can be seen, the meeting held yesterday between the security cabinets of Mexico and the United States, which generated such high expectations due to the seniority of the visiting delegation, as well as the fact that it occurred just days after the assassination of three U.S. Consulate employees in Ciudad Juarez, concluded without confirming fears of a new escalation of U.S. intervention. But the meeting with the U.S. group, comprised of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Interior Secretary Janet Napolitano, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen, also ended without producing credible solutions to the grave public security crisis engulfing our country.


According to Foreign Minister Patricia Espinoza, the conclave agreed to initiate a “new stage” of the Mérida Initiative, which will include a strategy to dismantle criminal organizations in both countries, the development of a “secure border,” and the adoption of measures of “mutual support, to strengthen security institutions in Mexico and the United States.” For her part, Hillary Clinton's acknowledgment of her government's share of responsibility for the smuggling of guns into Mexico and her nation's insatiable demand for illegal drugs was indeed a praiseworthy gesture, but insufficient; the U.S. authorities will have to initiate serious and committed actions against drug trafficking on their own territory - where most drugs originating in Latin America continue to reach the hands of consumers, and against the undisguised flow of illicit money into their country's financial system.



The lack of a clear strategy on the part of Barack Obama's Administration appears to be behind the difficulty in conceiving and implementing effective measures against drug trafficking. Focused on domestic issues and the war in Afghanistan, the White House occupant has let the matter stagnate and gives the impression that his only option is to back President Calderon's plan. This, in spite of the fact that the plan has been counterproductive in combating drug trafficking and violence and is demonstrably ineffective.


In such circumstances, in terms of fight against the organized crime, Mexican authorities shouldn't expect more from the United Statesiens [Americans]. Given the ineffectiveness of the current security policy, it would be desirable for the authorities instead to promote a national debate on the subject, in order to formulate a security strategy based on consensus. They should show the political will to listen to the views of academics, economists, experts on public health and safety, as well as to organizations created by groups who have been harmed by the blood bath, to families of the innocent victims and to representatives of communities broken by the violence. The federal government will not obtain public support if it doesn't abandon the obstinacy it has shown toward the demands and claims of the population.   





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That support will not be achieved if episodes continue to happen like the assassinations over the weekend of two Monterrey Technical School students - with authorities up to now unable to offer a convincing explanation of the facts, or like the killing of the presumed dealer José Humberto Márquez Compeán, who, after being detained in Santa Catalina, Nuevo León, was found dead in an empty lot with signs of torture. Events like these presage new failures in fighting crime. Until such habits are corrected, there will be no national policy or bilateral agreement that will succeed in containing the bloodbath in our country.



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