Mexico Celebrates 200th Year Amid Continued Drug Violence

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Mexican Flag (Flickr: Esparta)

Thursday morning marks the 200th anniversary of the start of The Mexican War for Independence, the conflict that ultimately led to the end of Spanish colonial rule over Mexico. Unfortunately, even as last-minute preparations for a massive commemorative celebration in the capital wrap up, persistent drug-related violence continues to temper optimism over Mexico’s stability.  

In a speech made last week before the Council on Foreign Relations, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton compared Mexico’s struggle against powerful drug cartels to the Colombian drug war two decades ago, a comparison Mexican officials, as well as U.S. President Barack Obama, immediately rejected.

Mark Bowden, author of Killing Pablo, and Lisa Haugaard, executive director of the Latin America Working Group, discuss the validity of Clinton's Mexico-Colombia comparison, as well as Mexico’s strategic options for alleviating drug violence as it enters into a third century of nationhood.         


Mark Bowden and Lisa Haugaard

Produced by:

David J Fazekas

Comments [1]

Mauro from Miami, Fl.

I recommend your guest gets his facts about Colombia straight. The Colombian government was never on the brink of colaps, the level of violence was extremely high, but there was no risk of a system breakdown. The US helped the Colombian Army thru intelligence, but killing Escobar was a 90% Colombian operation and I take exception that it is assumed that if it was successful then the US had to have a hand in it. If Mexico keeps ignoring the fact that the level of violence and curruption is as bad as it was in Colombia then the problem will only get worse and correcting it will be harder as time keeps going by... this is what happened in Colombia in the 90's.

Sep. 14 2010 09:47 AM

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