In recent news, the Mexico continues to battle it out with drug cartels over the illegal monopolization of cities all throughout the country. For decades, the United States has backed Mexico during their struggle against the cartels for several reasons, one of these reasons is because drug violence is channeled through Mexico across the border and effects the lives of many US citizens dwelling close to the Mexican border. The basic strategy for the Mexican government to eliminate this heinous social issue is simple, eliminate trafficking.
The issue with this plan, regardless of the help from the United States, is that it is often difficult to know your enemy. The men and women in charge of the movement of large quantities of narcotics across borders are in very elusive disguises. They appear as everyday fathers, mothers, sister, priests, government officials, and honest workers. The hardest moral dilemma for the Mexican government is how to fend off such cartels without racking up an astronomical body count of both police and civilians. Thus far, over 63,000 are dead due to cartel activity across the country.
According to the New York Times article, cartels are actually seen to choose peace over war making such aggressive efforts from neighboring forces even more difficult. Cartels have been witnessed to “pick their own wars” on multiple occasions. For example, cartels battle cartels, not the US or Mexican government. The illusive nature of their illegal activity is no doubt a cesspool of violence and destruction, destruction in both forms—destruction from warlike initiatives as well as in the form of societal destruction from the use of narcotics.