Friday, March 26, 2010
Mexico has long been a source of illegal marijuana and transshipped cocaine and heroin consumed in the United States. Only lately has the industry and its resultant violence begun to have a dramatic and deepening impact on Mexico itself, however. Washington has begun to recognize this and timidly implements changes to its own border and anti-drug trafficking policies. And the Mexicans have begun to look at Uncle Sam with less defensive and xenophobic attitudes. That's not easy for a proud nation that had about a third of its territory stolen from it by the bullies to the north. The Economist -- the only serious and substantive English-language magazine dealing with international news -- has this good article on the Mexicans' changing attitudes regarding drugs and violence -- and collaboration with the gringos -- in its current issue.