Despite Historic Drug Violence in Mexico, Presidential Candidates Ignored It


Some Mexicans are wondering why there was no mention of the drug war in this week’s presidential debate on foreign policy despite historic violence playing out in Mexico, much of it along the 2,000-mile border that the U.S. shares, says the Christian Science Monitor. Mexican journalist Leon Krauze wrote in a widely shared Tweet: “Mexico, a country facing 100,000 deaths, neighbor to the United States, didn’t deserve one single mention tonight. A disgrace.”

Mexican academic Sergio Aguayo added, using a more commonly cited figure for Mexican deaths: “They talk about a humanitarian tragedy in Syria (30,000 deaths) and still don't say anything about Mex (some 60,000). Will they?” Michael Shifter of the Inter-American Dialogue said, “As George W. Bush rightly said, Mexico is the US’s most important bilateral relationship. A presidential debate should focus on whether the United States is doing enough ­­– ­and doing the right things – to assist Mexico [and Central America] deal with its drug-fueled crime and violence. If the US is not prepared to do everything possible to stand up for its closest neighbors and allies, then how could it have a credible foreign policy more broadly?”

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