The Violence of Mexican Drug Cartels

We’ve all read of the horrific border violence plaguing Mexico and the American Southwest, as well as the complicity of both governmental agencies and markets in the diabolical perpetuation of the corrupt Drug War. This stunning animation smacks the viewer with facts and statistics while also appealing to our humanity through the stark stories of violence.

The Violence of Mexican Drug Cartels” was designed by ishothim and published by (which has the stated goal of using ‘infographics and data visualizations [to] tell your story’).

via Laughing Squid:

“Tens of thousands are being murdered, and over a million are being forced to flee their homes. U.S. laws and policy play a major role in the conflict’s violence. This video is about understanding the complexities of the war and why it is happening.”


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17 Comments on "The Violence of Mexican Drug Cartels"

  1. So what’s the solution? legalize cocaine? Ban Guns? Legalize Cocaine and produce it in the US? Cocaine independence by 2015? or something like that?

    Legalize Cocaine and ban guns, and make the State Apparatus in Both Mexico and the US far more powerful?

    I am coming to think of Left Wingers as simply people who hate chaos in general and want more State Control. More State Control seems to be the implicit solution to all of the problems they pose. Obviously the State in Mexico is weak. In a power vacuum these thugs have taken control. I wonder how bad it really is? Is it possible to get along with the Cartels if you don’t interfere with their drug activities?

    What if you wanted to just chill? Live on an organic Farm type compound and do what you want out in the sticks. Is that possible in mexico? Would the Cartels leave you alone? I am curious about this.

    • mannyfurious | Jan 27, 2013 at 7:01 pm |

      Ted, you just nailed THE problem with civilization. Civilization by it’s very nature requires a primary, ultimate power to make it go. If not, you’re left with a vacuum that can be filled by whatever process finds itself at the right place at the right time. That might be a monarachy, an oligarchy, a dictatorship, a republic, drug cartels, corporations, some combination of two or more of all the above, etc. I think a lot of “left wingers” subconsciously recognize this fact and believe that “The State” is the lesser of all evils, as long as there’s some semblance of some kind of popular control.

      Personally, I consider myself an anarchist, but I totally understand the desire to choose “The State” as we currently know it, over something like what’s happening in Mexico. However, the mistake that’s being made by Left-Wingers is that they fail to recognize that “The State” isn’t really “The State” anymore, meaning that our government isn’t out to complete the will of the people and to keep the people safe. It’s something new. It’s a corporatocracy that masquerades as democracy.

      So, I suppose, ultimately, I agree with you. What is the answer?

      • I really don’t know enough about Mexico. I know a bunch of Mormons live there independent of both the Government and the Cartels. So it may be a good place to set up a TAZ. I have heard of various hippies traveling around in vans and having cool adventures.

        My gut instinct is never to say Order! We need more Order! I Think I am just a congenital anarchist. Not that I want there to be suffereing, it just that I value freedom over being controlled. I tend to gravitate to areas/ideas with more slack.

        • mannyfurious | Jan 28, 2013 at 11:08 am |

          Yeah, I don’t know much about Mexico either. On the one hand, I know people who travel there and stay for like months at a time. So, apparently, there must be areas that are relatively peaceful, stable and safe. On the other hand, I know a lot of people who have family in Mexico and when they go to visit every couple of years, all I hear is horror stories about how they have to travel only at certain times and how it’s pretty much chaos and violence and no one knows how to drive and the cops are just as bad as the cartels and if you haven’t had your house broken into it’s a literal exception and it’s all terrifying for someone, say, from America who isn’t used to such shit and how it’s generally the worst week of their life. Some people might say, “Well, yeah, it depends on where you’re at.” But as far as I understand it, most of these people telling me these horror stories are not traveling to cartel-invested towns.

          But, as per usual, I don’t really know shit.

          • I went to Cancun, 20 years ago. I have worked with lots of Mexicans, but other than that I don’t know shit either. I will say this, though, I like working with Mexicans. This right wing anti-Mexican sentiment, that’s out there is bullshit. The ones I worked with, not only worked really hard, they brought very little drama to the work place.

            I am talking about people born in Mexico. You know, with Spanish accents. Once they grow up here they are just as lazy as everybody else. I don’t think its an ethnic thing per se, I think it comes from growing up on a farm. So from the recent immigrants I’ve met, my impression is that, there are a lot of rural people with good value systems that are just poor and want to achieve more affluence.

            I’ve seen lots of gang banger’s too, not sure what their deal is, but they all seemed really American, like other street thugs.

    • They’re called the Zapatistas and they’ve been doing just what you recommended since 1994, after NAFTA was implemented. The people were sick and tired, particularly the indigenous, and they rose up facing govmint repression by paramilitary forces. Didn’t take no shit. Held their ground and they’re there to this day. Got there own hospitals, schools, police, and yep, they produce their own food. Oh, and the drug cartels don’t come around there, in fact, alcohol is banned, even. Ain’t that a kwinkydink? The people administer their own law and order in their own community, and drug cartels stay away. Could that be the answer?

      • And if you’d like to live on an organic farm out in the sticks, you might like Guatemala. Less crime and the people are more traditional.

        • The New Government Provocation Against Zapatismo
          by Luis Hernández Navarro
          La Jornada, June 10, 2008
          translation by Kristin Bricker

          Since the January 1994 insurrection, various administrations have wanted to associate the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN in its Spanish initials) with drug trafficking. They’ve never been able to demonstrate such a link, but they try time and time again.

          This past June 4 the tired old story played out again. Only this time the threat is greater than in the past. On that date over 200 agents from the federal Army, the Attorney General’s office, and state and municipal police, with their faces painted, entered the Zapatista territory of La Garrucha with the pretext of looking for marijuana plants. Hundreds of residents from the Hermenegildo Galeana and San Alejando communities fended them off with machetes, clubs, and slingshots.

          Zapatista communities prohibit the cultivation, trafficking, and consumption of drugs. It’s not even permitted to drink or sell alcohol there. This isn’t a new fact. The rebel commanders have made this law public since the beginning of the armed uprising. The measure remains in effect under the civil authorities who have been put in charge of the autonomous municipalities and the good government councils. The same can’t be said for the PRIista [translator’s note: members of the Institutional Revolution Party which ruled Mexico with an iron fist for over 70 years] communities, where illegal drugs are grown in collusion with the police.

          In a communique directed at then-president Ernesto Zedillo, dated February 10, 1995, one day after the military offensive that tried to detain, by means of treachery, Subcomandante Marcos, the insurgents stated: “we want to tell you the truth, if it’s what you don’t know: the criminals, terrorists, drug traffickers are you, they are the same people who make up your cabinet, they are your very own soldiers who traffic drugs, who force the indigenous peasants to plant marijuana and other narcotics. You haven’t realized this, Mr. Zedillo? Yes, we Zapatistas, because we live amongst the people, are the same people who have fought against the planting of drugs, against the drug trafficking that your very own soldiers do and have done within the territories we’ve controlled.”

          Unfounded, the accusation has been repeated year after year. In 2004, the newspaper Reforma published the news that “on average, every two days members of the Mexican Army enter Zapatista territory in order to destroy marijuana and poppy fields which in the past year have considerably increased in number.” Days afterwards, Gen. Jorge Isaac Jiménez García, commander of military operations in the zone, denied that the marijuana fields belonged to EZLN sympathizers.

  2. So take away the guns from your regular law abiding citizen while the drug cartels somehow still acquire them illegally in some form or fashion. The thought of that scares me so incredibly much. The thought of not being able to defend my home. I do believe there should be gun purchasing regulations, as not everyone is qualified to own one for one reason or another. However, do the research on the history and faith of ALL the countries that have banned the right of their citizens to own guns.

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  4. I find it odd that this video doesn’t mention Operation Fast & Furious, whereby Attorney General Eric Holder and others in the Obama Administration gave thousands of military-grade firearms to Mexican Drug Cartels but instead blames legal gun ownership in the USA.

    • DeepCough | Jan 28, 2013 at 9:51 pm |

      1:31 [A picture of Obama pops up with the caption “I Will Do Something” under him]

      “It is beyond time for the U.S. to take responsibility for its role in funding and arming a war that has increased horrendous acts of violence, while failing to reduce the flow of narcotics.”

  5. Liam_McGonagle | Jan 28, 2013 at 11:14 am |

    I am completely neutral on the issue of gun availability, for reasons I don’t want to expound upon (yet again) here.

    But I do think it is encumbent upon certain gun advocates to explain their totally unsupported assertions vis-a-vis self-defense. The persistent march of mass slayings despite the presence of vast numbers of trained gun wielding ‘good guys’ (e.g., the Ft. Hood debacle, etc.) deserves a better explanation than they’ve come up with to date.

    I really have to wonder if their fear of gun-wielding fruitcakes is fueled by being surrounded by their fellow enthusiasts at gunshows, etc.

    • Your Fort Hood example is invalid. Soliders on base have FEWER rights when it comes to firearms. They can’t carry them and have very limited rights to keep them in their on-base residence. basically the base where to the shooting took place was a giant “gun free” zone.
      Your final comment implies that gun owners are inherently unstable you’ll have to prove that. By your “logic” guns shows would have enormous number of mass shootings as the presence of firearms would cause these people to go into murderous, psychotic rages and everyone would start shooting each other. I hope you realize that is too stupid to defend.

      • Liam_McGonagle | Jan 28, 2013 at 10:37 pm |

        Sorry, but could you try a more plausible scenario?

        By “too stupid to defend”, we have to assume you’re referring to the notion that the generals do not consider the enemy would like to destroy a military base. That is indeed an asenine idea. One I definitely wouldn’t have occurred to me if you hadn’t thought it up.

  6. Educate american youth from the time they are very young as to what drugs can do to your body
    and mind . And legalize the drugs, Take the money out of the equation no more drug war.
    I know that is over simplified but it has to be better then what is going on?

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