Mexico’s Growing Frustration With U.S.-Backed Drug War

Major protests in Mexico this month highlighted mounting frustration among many Mexicans toward violence that has claimed some 36,000 lives in the country since President Felipe Calderón declared war on drug cartels five years ago.

Some are now questioning the implications such public dissatisfaction may carry for the United States, which for the past several years has pursued a policy of supporting Calderón’s fight against the cartels.

… “The criticism,” he added, “is that the Mexican government is fighting a drug war on behalf of the United States, and it’s Mexicans that are doing the vast majority of the dying.”

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