There is an old expression that is known to people in Mexico: ‘so far from God, so near to America.” It reflects the reality that Mexico has always confronted the problem of a powerful neighbor which has robbed the country time after time. Americans took half the nation of Mexico after the Mexican War and since that time has sought to exploit its natural resources. But, in recent decades the Americans fell in love with drugs which led to the emergence of drug lords who have unlimited power in Mexico. A few months ago 43 college students disappeared after they annoyed the mayor of a town who was simply the buddy of local drug lords. We now know the boys were murdered and their bodies burned and dumped in a garbage area. President Enrique Pena Nieto has finally recognized that something must be done about these drug lords. He rules a land in which police earn about $340 a month from the government and hundreds more from drug lords.
The President recognized “there are two Mexicos. One that is part of the global economy with growing levels of income, and there is another part of Mexico with historic problems that have been unresolved for generations.” He promised to do something to create an honest police force. However, the best solution is for the United States of America to legalize all forms of drugs and end the power of drug lords!