Mexico Changes Stance in Drug War – But Little Difference Seen From Calderón

Mexico’s new president has outlined a security strategy aimed at reducing drug war-related violence that, rhetorically at least, contrasts starkly with the emphasis his predecessor placed on using force to go after the cartels.

“Our primary objectives are reducing the violence and recuperating the peace and tranquility of Mexicans,” President Enrique Peña Nieto told state governors, military and security chiefs gathered at a public meeting of the national security council on Monday.

“We are going to focus institutional efforts on attending to the

causes of the criminal phenomenon and not only its consequences,” he said.

The president also promised special attention on human rights, and recognised the existence of abductions by the security forces, long a sore point for the previous administration.

Peña Nieto took office on 1 December, replacing President Felipe Calderón whose single six-year term began with a military-led crackdown on organised crime and was subsequently marked by spiralling violence that has killed an estimated 60,000-100,000 people, as well as governability crises in drug war troublespots around the country.

– Read the entire article at The Guardian.


1 Comment

  1. Mrs. Ratsrectum on

    Full legalization of cannabis will give you a peace dividend, and peace always spares lives compared to war.

    You’ll get a reduction in violence related to the illegality of cannabis out of it.

    If not that, then use Trimbos Institute Dutch style support, and implement coffeeshops. I’m sure you could find someone to make a Mexican equivalent of the BIBOB-Test in Spanish. All kinds of tourists, but mainly gringos, will flock to Mexico for the freedom. I’m sure they’ll enjoy the sunshine while relaxing on the rooftop terraces, on the patios, and elsewhere. It’ll be like on the terrace of the Sinsemilla coffeeshop in Haarlem on a good day in the summer, but all year round nice weather.