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Mexican Voters Must Recapture Their Nation

Mexican Voters Must Recapture Their Nation

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Mexico’s Voters Must Step up to Take Back Their Homeland
Mexico’s Voters Must Step up to Take Back Their Homeland

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Published by: Jerry E. Brewer, Sr. on May 30, 2012
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Mexican Voters Must Recapture Their Nation
Mexican Voters Must Recapture Their Nation
Monday, 28 May 2012 00:00
The violent push and expansion into Guatemala and Honduras in the northern cone of Central  America by the well-armed Zetas brought instant chaos to those nations as their homiciderates soared and local officials were taken hostage or killed. Their police forces were also nomatch for the Zeta's power and military-like strategies
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By Jerry Brewer
 
T
he Mexican people have a monumental electoral task ahead of them on July 1, onethat will quite possibly reverse history. This or carve in stone a homeland that willignore victims and future victims of lawlessness, while setting an even harsher tone of noninterventionism for generations to come.The nation as a whole has suffered barbaric atrocities that have been inflicted upon fartoo many people. And much of this savagery has had a direct impact on Mexico'stourism industry, and those entities, foreign and domestic, that do business in thecountry. A world has looked upon Mexico with concern and pity, but most have done nothing totake an active part in Mexico's solutions. With this came feelings of despair,hopelessness and, for many, an attitude of defeat.The Mexican presidential candidates differ significantly in their visions of security forMexico's future as the countdown for electing a new leader, to replace President FelipeCalderón, winds down. As one scrutinizes their statements and political platforms, the vague references to direction and strategies for the war on crime speaks volumes of nothing in low tones.President Calderón took office on December 1, 2006 and became the first president inMexico's history to actively and effectively engage drug trafficking organizations head-on. They fought back, with equal force, like a formidable foreign enemy -- criminalorganizations that permeated too many parts of Mexico where they became deeply entrenched and operated with violent impunity. They were effectively controllingmunicipalities and amassing billions of dollars in illicit profits.
 
Today, in Mexico alone, the Zetas are known to exist and operate in at least 17 states, ona par with the Sinaloa Cartel that has footholds in about the same number of Mexico's 31states and the Federal District. This culture of corruption and armed-fist control hasresulted in the execution of multitudes of "journalists, 83 chiefs of police, and 32mayors." The battle itself has claimed over 50,000 lives.Previous Mexican administrations virtually or purposely ignored their weak and corruptlaw enforcement roles. A blind eye to murder with impunity and lawlessness that notonly allowed felons to operate above the law, but also to eventually and blindly welcomean influx of transnational organized crime gangsters, who along with their Mexicancohorts also laid claim to stakes on the border -- said euphemistically to be paved withgold.Mexico's presidential candidates must not walk softly and silently in their campaignefforts to woo this year's most important vote, by citizens who will most certainly affectMexico's history and status in this hemisphere. And voters must make this electionstand for principles that must not be compromised. This is their opportunity to serve asa true voice, with votes that come from the hearts and savvy minds of those who demanda reduction of fear and a better quality of life that is far more advanced and deserved. Amid Mexico's frustrations and apathy, voters cannot ignore nor forget major gainsagainst some six drug trafficking cartels competing against each other and fighting fordrug distribution routes. As well, the splintering and fragmenting of many of theseformer cohesive groups, due to the arrests of many in the cartels' hierarchy, has shifted anumber of smaller groups to concentrate on local criminal acts that include robbery,kidnapping, extortion and other crimes of opportunity.The violent push and expansion into Guatemala and Honduras in the northern cone of Central America by the well-armed Zetas brought instant chaos to those nations as theirhomicide rates soared and local officials were taken hostage or killed. Their police forces were also no match for the Zeta's power and military-like strategies.Those nations, as well as El Salvador, began to see what took Mexico significant time tounderstand -- that the violence and murder with impunity were not all about cartel versus cartel and rival wars for drug routes, but too out and out acts of terror to instillfear and establish control over the citizenry. As did Mexico, they witnessed violent, barbaric, and sadistic rituals of torture and murder by now transnational organizedcriminals that traffic in drugs and humans, murder migrants, control land, bribe ormurder officials, and destroy any form of the rule of law as they terrorize nations. As well, the military became their only tool with which to fight back.Mexico's upcoming elections may help to influence the northern cone nations to takeproactive actions against the insurgents through similar policing models to whatPresident Calderón has established.Recently members of the Central American Security Commission met in Honduras "tosign a joint statement announcing the implementation of a security strategy." The planincludes the professionalizing of police and the upgrading of efforts of prosecution, as

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