Massacres, Drugs, and Money: Mexico’s Disastrous Drug-War Decade
The United States honestly wanted to help crush the cartels, but many of its policies have only made them more dangerous.
TIJUANA, Mexico—This week marks 10 years since the official launch of Mexico’s militarized war on drugs. One might say it has a complicated history, but at it’s core there is a simple principle summed up in Spanish by a short, fundamental question: ¿Plata o plomo?
Silver or lead. A bribe or a bullet.
Thousands of Mexicans, from poor rural farmers to those holding the highest government offices, have been forced to choose their fate—to live as tools of corruption or to die with integrity.