Starting with Mexico and Central America, the dynamics of their own border failures progressivelyresonates from nation to nation. This ultimately fuels the U.S. border security dilemma and urgency to properly assess threat and deploy adequate resources and methods to achieve an acceptable level of national security. We are not even speaking of the monumental measures necessary to maintain andinterdict maritime and aviation security threats.To the south of the U.S. border weak governance and ungoverned spaces, vast lawless zones, corruption,criminal threats, weak judicial systems, and poverty contributes to the widespread insecurity of theregion.How can multifaceted security conditions in these nation countries be addressed and improved? Many of these nations instantly claim that the voracious U.S. drug demand is the problem and is responsible for the record-setting homicide rates and violence throughout the Americas.There is no doubt that well-financed drug trafficking organizations, youth gangs, and other transnationalorganized criminals overwhelm governments resources, but the rule of law must be enforced in civilizedsocieties; human life must be respected, and human rights prevail.Criminal death and violence far exceeds the simple boundaries of drug trafficking. These criminalorganizations are thriving on robbery, kidnapping/extortion, murder for hire, human/sex trafficking, andother acts of threats and intimidation. Some nations have expressed fears of becoming a failed state dueto these armies of crime that carry no flag or political allegiance.Many list theunderlying social conditions and structural weaknesses in persistent poverty, inequality,and unemployment as primary reasons for not being able to recover from the violence. Others claim thatthe easy and immediate lure to vast amounts of wealth achievable through crimes and not through yearsof intense labor is a preferable choice. After all, the claim of an estimated US$60 B a year drugaddiction that must be supplied is real, and the necessary tools such as land vehicles, aircraft, maritimevessels, and related properties, wealth, and lifestyle must be maintained. Hard to convince those used tothat lifestyle to return to the factories or farms.Mexico reports an estimated 60,000 killed in violence since at least 2006. Murder in Guatemala is
continuing to climb “at a steady rate.”
Guatemala's National Institute of Forensic Sciences recentlyreported that an analysis revealed that MS 13 gangs
there used 32 different guns “
to allegedly commit238 murders
Prosecutors say the MS members used the weapons to kill rival gangs, prison guards, andvictims of robbery and extortion.The continuing threats to the Americas are clearly indicated by the continuing shifting roles of militaryto policing duties. Honduras, El Salvador,
and Guatemala “
have deployed thousands of troops to helptheir often underpaid and poorly equipped police forces to carry out public security functions, withoutclearly defining when those deployments might end.
Mexico appears to now be confused as to how toachieve the rule of law.