After Calderon’s Drug War
1) Summary of the News Article
An estimated of 50,000 deaths have occurred since President Felipe Calderón launched the effort against Mexico’s drug war in late 2006, when he took over office. This drug war has definitely taken a horrific toll considering all deaths occurred so far. But how much did Calderón’s declaration changethe crime rate? And now that president-elect Enrique Peña Nieto is set to take over in December this year, how much is likely to change?
According to Christopher Reynolds, a Los Angeles Times writer, in an article published by The Los Angeles Times newspaper on August 25, 2012, he states that “good statistics are often hard to come by in Mexico; authors Cory Molzahn, Viridiana Ríos and David A.Shirk have gathered a boatload of numbers, and they raise the idea that drug-related killings accelerated before Calderón declared war. As the report notes, the Mexican government counted 12,903 drug-war killings (a.k.a. organized-crime homicides) in the first nine months of 2011, which brought the official total to 47,515 since December. 1, 2006. If you add the 2,624 drug-related homicides reportedby the Mexican daily Reform from October through December 2011, that makes an estimated 50,139 drug-war deaths in five years and one month (And there are all the killings of this year yet to be officially counted). In other words, there are rumors that drug-related killings accelerated before Calderón declared war; however, regardless of whether those killings were before or after Mexico’sdeclaration against drug related crimes, the important fact is that over 50,000 thousand people have been killed since 2006. The Mexican government claims that all these deaths do not include innocent civilians but, instead, include bad guys like drug dealers or anyone that is somehow involved with the world of crime. Analyzing this critically, this statement given by the Mexican government sort ofindicate that those 50,000 deaths are not deaths of “good” civilians, therefore, should not be that big of a deal, which could in a certain way be very debatable. In addition, the next president elected, Peña Nieto, has a big responsibility with this drug war when he takes office in December this year. According to Reynolds, “Peña Nieto, does come with baggage. His party, PRI, was voted out of thepresidency in 2000 after seven decades of uninterrupted rule, including allegations of deal-making with major drug traffickers in exchange for peace and payoffs. In a July interview with the L.A. Times, he disdained details, but said that “we will widen the fight on organized crime, fighting drug trafficking, but also put a special emphasis on the crimes that generate violence in society.… Sadly,what people today feel is fear, they feel frustration, they feel an absence of results." As a result, the following years are of extreme importance for Mexico’s future.”
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