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Is Mexico Losing Its War against Drugs? Five thousand people have been killed this year in Mexico's drug wars, twice the number of last year. The Mexican government has reports that 5000 people have been killed this year in that country's drug wars, almost 1000 in November alone, a monthly record. The violence is increasingly brutal, from Baja to Chihuahua, near the US border, and there's growing concern that it will cross over. In this rebroadcast from today's To the Point, how long will the Mexican public tolerate a climate of fear? Will the violence cross the border?
Mexico's Drug War: Mi Guerra Es Su Guerra The Mexican government has released some astonishing figures. Five thousand people have been killed this year in that country's drug wars, twice the number of last year. Almost 1000 died in November alone, a monthly record. The violence is increasingly brutal, especially in the state of Chihuahua near the United States border, and there's growing concern that it will cross over. President Felipe Calderón has deployed the army, but corruption at every level of government has stymied all efforts to gain control. How long will the Mexican public tolerate a climate of fear? Does the US, which provides market for illegal drugs, have to do more?
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