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March 24, 2010


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Have to agree with you ... the real challenge to Mexico is economic. The downturn for the maquiladoras means that many, many people don't have adequate incomes from the factories. Little wonder then - that it is difficult to stop average people from risking their necks and turning to the drug cartels for economic support.

Calderon clearly understands the problem, but it is a very hard challenge to overcome. The USA can help Mexico to fight the cartels, but removing them from Mexican society is a very hard thing to do. How do you overturn a drug cartel empire that now has more than 500,000 people on its payrolls? The cartels have become a major economic enterprise in Mexico. The USA needs a better strategy.

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