Forty years after President Nixon declared war on drugs, the soaring body count from narco-violence in Mexico seems to mock the very notion of progress in that effort. But what is most discouraging about the rampant brutality across our border is that it’s largely a consequence of one of the drug war’s greatest triumphs.
Colombia’s Cali cocaine cartel, once the richest and most powerful crime syndicate in the world, fell as a direct result of U.S.-led law enforcement and diplomatic pressure about a decade ago. Its toppling remains one of the most significant blows inflicted on modern organized crime.
But the giant cartel’s collapse left a power vacuum, and Mexican drug gangs are still fighting, with often grisly methods, to determine who will fill it.… Seguir leyendo »