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From an article titled,
"Mexico a Struggle for Balance"
“…Mexico was nearing the status of a failed state.
A failed state is one in which the central government has lost control over significant areas of the country and the state is unable to function.
In revisiting this issue, it seems to us that the Mexican government has lost control of the northern tier of Mexico to drug-smuggling organizations, which have significantly greater power in that region than government forces.
Moreover, the ability of the central government to assert its will against these organizations has weakened to the point that decisions made by the state against the cartels are not being implemented or are being implemented in a way that would guarantee failure…
Narcotics derive from low-cost agricultural products that become consumable with minimal processing.
With its long, shared border with the
Because the drugs are illegal and thus outside normal market processes, their price is determined by their illegality rather than by the cost of production.
This means extraordinary profits can be made by moving narcotics from the Mexican side of the border to markets on the other side…
“…each smuggling organization has an attached paramilitary organization designed to protect its own supply chain and to seize its competitors' supply chains.
The result is ongoing warfare between competing organizations…
Membership in such paramilitary groups offers impoverished young men extraordinary opportunities for making money, far greater than would be available to them in legitimate activities…
“Indeed, what the wars are being fought over in some ways benefits
The amount of money pouring into