I was browsing the L.A. Times digital newspaper recently and came across an interesting article entitled “Mexico, before and after Calderon’s drug war.” The horrific toll of Mexico’s war on drugs – over 50,000 deaths in the last six years alone – is well documented and much-attributed to then-President Felipe Calderón’s initiative launched in late 2006. 

The article cites a report “Drug Violence in Mexico” by The Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego, proposing, however, that the violence probably started several years before Calderon assumed office. This is important “because some critics argue that the Calderón administration launched its assault on drug traffickers as a political move to legitimize the adminis­tration after the controversial presidential election of 2006.”

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