Salvador was listed as second and Venezuela
third. What is outrageous is the fact, as the UN
reported, that “n
early 40 percent of the 437,000 murders committed globally in 2012 took place in the Americas, with the majority in Central and
Where is the progress that so many local nation leaders and their political cronies regurgitate in this hemisphere? Where does the US officially stand, beyond token meetings with Mexican and other Latin American government leaders and throwing mega-dollars their way for so-called "assistance"? Where is the oversight and quality control of US efforts and resources expended anywhere in Latin America at this point?
While many of the northern tier nations of Central America are facing nearly identical problems, Mexico too faces a war-like dilemma.
Recently, Mexico’s army again deployed
additional forces to two of the northern states, Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas, which border the US. This was reportedly done to reinforce police and military units in place.
However, many of these saturation strategies simply displace the organized criminal insurgents that move to areas of lesser attention and control, where there are essentially no policing infrastructures. They remain in those locations until they are swept again. And, throughout all of this arrests and successful prosecutions are rare
while the number of deaths mount measurably.
Evidence of the “sweeping effect," from Mexico
into northern cone nations of Central America, was partly reflective of former Mexican President Felipe Calderon's aggressive military response to violence and crime. However,
Mexico’s southern border
s, with Guatemala and Belize, are virtual revolving doors.
Mexico’s current president, Enrique Peña Nieto,
who pledged to build a better police