America's War on Drugs Has Killed 12 Times More Victims in Mexico Than The U.S. War in Iraq
If you thought the War in Iraq was costly, in terms of American causalities (248 so far this year), it's nothing compared to the 3,000 Mexican casualities in 2008, largely from America's War on Drugs, which has killed 12 times more Mexican than the Americans killed in the Iraq War this year.
The Economist: In total, there have been some 3,000 killings so far this year in Mexico, most related to the drug trade. Recently these included the assassination of an entire extended family, including children, and the discovery of 12 decapitated bodies in Yucatán state.
WSJ: One reason that Mexican security has so deteriorated in the past decade is the demand in the U.S. for illegal narcotics, and the U.S. government's crackdown on the Caribbean trafficking route. Mexican cartels have risen up to serve the U.S. market, and their earnings have made them rich and well-armed.
The victims of last week's killing spree include the deputy police chief of the state of Michoacan and one of his men, a detective in the state of Chihuahua, and a deputy police chief in the state of Quintana Roo. As of July, 449 police and military officers have died in the Calderón offensive, further underscoring the price Mexico is paying for the U.S. "war on drugs."