Nov 15, 2011

U.S.-Mexico Relations: Ignore Mexico and We’ll All Pay the Price

A discussion of the reasons--both dangers and benefits--as to why the U.S. media--and citizens--ought to pay more attention to Mexico. That's a goal shared with Americas MexicoBlog. "The truth is, American media elites—not to mention the man on the street—aren’t invested, or even much interested, in the fate of Mexico.

Mexico, clearly, doesn’t have (much) status. I think it should, and I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about why it doesn’t. Yes, I grew up in Mexico, but there’s a lot more to it than that. More than 40,000 people have died in Mexico since its government decided to take on drug cartels that are nourished by American consumers and armed by U.S. gun dealers. There is an almost direct causal link between Wall Street bankers doing blow or Occupy Wall Street protesters getting high and journalists and elected officials getting assassinated in Mexico. Not only is this violence undermining a democracy next door; we as Americans are responsible for much of it." read more

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