MEXICO

The cartels

Questions

1) What is the president of Mexico doing about the drug cartels?

2)What do you think president Obama should do?

3) How does the drug cartels effect the u.s?

History/background.

In December of 2006, mexico's president Felipe Calderón declared war on the drug cartels, revising earlier government passiveness. The government has made some gains, but at a heavy price- gun battles, assassinations, kidnappings, fights between rival cartels, and reprisals have resulted in over 9,500 deaths since December 2006. 3,500 killed last year. President Obama announced extra agents were being deployed to the border. Officials on both sides of the border are committed to stopping drug violence, and transportation of drugs heading north and guns and cash heading south.

Why is this conflict of world importance?

* People all over the world use drugs.

* If it is prohibited they will still find a way to acquire drugs. Such as (prostitution,children,trades, underground trafficking).

*It will cause more murders.


Sides of the conflict and what they believe.

Drug cartels want

  • Money
  • Power
  • Run Mexico

United States wants

  • To reduce the flow of narcotics
  • Reduce deaths