The Associated Press says there have been 34,612 drug war deaths in Mexico in the past four years.
A live TV report by Steve Harrigan of Fox News states that, in many areas, drug cartels are the government. In Guadalupe, one mile from the Texas border, after the police chief was murdered and beheaded, a young lady was the only police officer left. She was kidnapped and has not been heard from since.
We can't secure our border with Mexico. And as the killing spreads to this country, we have Mexican President Felipe Calderón, at a joint session of our Congress in May, scolding us for even trying.
A trade agreement with Colombia is stalled because of "human rights" violations (i.e. unions treated poorly). We should contact our senators, implore them to press President Barack Obama to promote, in every way, trade with our friends (Colombia, Panama in this instance) and work with — or push, as case may be — the government of Mexico to destroy the drug cartels there and restore order to that country. Now it resembles a lawless nation, not a neighbor in North America we would want to call "friend."
Frank Christian lives in Columbia.