Implications Of Mexico’s Recent Jailbreak

As news comes in of another jailbreak in Mexico – this time, involving about 85 inmates – it can make even the average observer wonder if the violence in Mexico will ever stop. And since many of the escapees are reported to be members of drug gangs, it must be frightening for the Texas residents (not to mention the Mexican people) that live nearby the prison. Why has Mexico made little headway against the drug trade and the conflict it generates? As we look for answers, it becomes painfully obvious that the problem is entrenched deeply within Mexico’s society – and in the societies that create the demand for Mexico’s drugs.

Drug Laws And Drug Wars

The strictness of U.S. drug laws make it a crime to possess or use most recreational drugs in most U.S. states. Even smoking marijuana is a serious crime in most parts of the U.S. Since these laws make it difficult to produce drugs within the U.S., production in other countries has risen to meet the U.S. demand. With astronomical profits to be made, competition among drug producers and distributors is fierce. In fact, so much money is involved that the producers can fund almost any method of strengthening their positions. They become forces with so many resources that even the focused intent of the Mexican army and government cannot stop them or even slow them down. The recent jailbreak is just another example of the depth of the corruption: how is it that 85 violent inmates were able to use ladders to scale the wall of a prison and get away? It shows how much influence the leaders of the drug gangs have. When a society is that powerless to stop violent crime in its midst, it can aptly be called a failed state.

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