Oct 4, 2011

Mexico Drug War: Herding cockroaches

The Economist: "PEOPLE who follow the decades-old “war on drugs” speak of governments trying to “squeeze a balloon”, meaning that efforts to clamp down on the trade in one country often lead to problems popping up elsewhere. ...

In Spanish, the same phenomenon is sometimes called the “cockroach effect”, presumably because no matter how hard you try to shoo the problem away, it emerges somewhere else. An article in yesterday’s Reforma, a daily newspaper, suggests that the cockroach effect is happening on a regional level in Mexico. According to the paper’s own “executionometer”, a daily body count of victims of organised crime, violence is falling in some of the most dangerous states. But at the same time, previously quiet states are becoming rougher."

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