I recently went to Cabo San Lucas with nine other students of EWU. I had heard of all the danger down there, and, if anything, that made me more excited to go. While I was down in Mexico I was amazed at the culture and the Mexicans’ way of life. As we arrived we were on a shuttle to our resort and a Mexican Federally drove by us in an unmarked Toyota Tacoma with two shotguns on his cab rack. While I was there, I found myself more in fear of the police than anyone else. I was also astonished on how much Mexico depends on American tourism for revenue.
Everything from the flea markets, local restaurants, resorts, bars and taxis completely depend on tourism for revenue. What inspired me to write this was when I was watching MSNBC and Hillary Clinton was talking about Mexico’s drug problems in America, she was blaming the baby boomers and young Americans today for the demand for drugs in Mexico.
I personally don’t think you can blame all of America for this problem, when Americans also buy drugs from Canada and crops harvested in America. Who wants to buy Mexico’s brown weed anyway? If Snoop Dogg saw brown weed I’m sure he would even pass on the grass. While some of this may be true, how is our Secretary of State blaming people rather than finding a solution? Here’s my solution to decrease the drugs coming in from Mexico to America, and how America can help Mexico become a safer place.
For one, we begin to work with Felipe Calderón (the president of Mexico) and implement a better police system and judicial system.
Felipe Calderón is trying to make Mexico a better place, but needs more resources than he has to do so. Possibly sending some of our military police, National Guard and Army reserves into Mexico to enforce the law would be a good start. If America was to do so, then we wouldn’t be there on our own agenda, but to enforce the laws of Mexico.
We would need to go in there with a plan and a quick exit strategy. This way the drug cartel would have a force to deal with, and we could put an end to the cartel’s crimes. America would also be dealing with the source of the border patrol issues rather than dealing with them at the border. These drug cartel’s aren’t well-trained armies, but really another form of terrorism. Jose Reyes Ferriz is the mayor of Juarez, which is in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. This is said to be the most dangerous city in North America, and is right on the American and Mexican border. Mayor Jose Reyes has received many threats and assassination attempts from the drug cartel. In fact, he took his family to El Paso, Texas to flee for safety from the drug cartel.
Since the beginning of the year there have been 2,000 drug-related deaths in Juarez. Another problem that makes it difficult to control the drug cartel is their influence in the police force and politics.
There are shady people that are accepting bribes and are on the drug cartel’s payroll. There is a war going on in North America and how much longer will America say it’s not our problem? By not fixing the source of the problem, we allow the drug cartel to build up more and more, which allows them to evolve more and more. We have the power and technology to step in and make a quick contribution to the problem: By breaking down key drug areas in Mexico, eliminating drug lords and striking fear into the drug industry as a whole.
Drugs will always exist in Mexico and everywhere else in the world. By at least destroying the drug cartel’s current state will give time for Mexico to build up and find sustaining growth that it’s capable of.