Drugs, Corruption and Violence South of the Border
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5,000 people have died in Mexican President Calderon’s crackdown on drug cartels, and the violence has spread to Mexico City. Some critics say Mexico is beginning to look like Colombia, but public opinion polls show 60% of the people are behind Calderon. Should the US provide military assistance or help build institutions that strengthen the rule of law? What is this country doing about the demand for drugs and American weapons that arm the cartels?
Today's WWLA is a re-cut edition of this morning's To The Point.
Photo Credit: Mexico's President Felipe Calderon By: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
- Alfredo Corchado: Mexico Bureau Chief, Dallas Morning News, @ajcorchado
- Franc Contreras: freelance correspondent, BBC Radio and AlJazeera English Television
- Rafael Fernandez de Castro: Dean of International Relations, Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico
- David Johnson: Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
- Laura Carlsen: Director of the Americas Program, Center for International Policy
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