WORLD -- June 27, 2012 at 5:05 PM EDT
Twitter Chat: Fired Up and Fed Up With Mexico's Drug War
Margaret Warner in a mass grave site in Juarez, Mexico. Photo by Morgan Till/NewsHour.
Just days before Mexicans vote for their next president on Sunday, one of the hottest topics on voters' minds is the violence connected to drug-trafficking. On Wednesday, NewsHour senior correspondent Margaret Warner hosted a Twitter conversation from Mexico on what to do about the drug war.
Five reporters and analysts with varying perspectives joined Warner for a conversation in English and Spanish at #MXdrugwar. We've posted some highlights. Participants included:
Alejandro Madrazo Lajous (@BuenMadrazo), a research fellow at CIDE in Mexico;
Sylvia Longmire (@drugwaranalyst), author of "Cartel - The Coming Invasion of Mexico's Drug Wars"; and
Warner opened the debate with this question:
A1. Cartels need 2 be prioritized by threat. Zetas need 2 be eliminated ASAP, yes, at the cost of other cartels operating freely. #mxdrugwar— Sylvia Longmire (@DrugWarAnalyst) June 27, 2012
A1. Another important task is to provide more educational and work opportunities for Mexico's youth to keep them out of cartels. #mxdrugwar— Sylvia Longmire (@DrugWarAnalyst) June 27, 2012
A1. One could argue the DTOs are so entrenched in MX politics by now that it doesn't matter who's in power. They're here to stay. #mxdrugwar— Hernan Rozemberg (@scribehernan) June 27, 2012
Power-sharing is a dangerously political word, we are delaing with criminal orgs #mxdrugwar— Ray Walser (@heritageanalyst) June 27, 2012
What can be done about the criminal cartels?
Q3: Several of you said concentrate security firepower to hammer the more violent cartels. What about the others? #mxdrugwar— Margaret Warner (@MargaretWarner) June 27, 2012
#mxdrugwar A3: Unfortunately, cells will always operate. The problem is stopping these cells from becoming cartels.— cesar_rodriguez (@cesar_rodriguez) June 27, 2012
Q3: @cesar_rodriguez said cells will always operate, but can stop them from becoming cartels. What do you mean? How do that ? #mxdrugwar— Margaret Warner (@MargaretWarner) June 27, 2012
Drug consumption in US drives problem but does not explain state weaknesss and extreme violence.#mxdrugwar— Ray Walser (@heritageanalyst) June 27, 2012
Cartels don't run out of ideas. One scheme has then recruiting US teens for small drug deliveries. If caught, they're minors. #mxdrugwar— Hernan Rozemberg (@scribehernan) June 27, 2012
What does the United States need to do?
A1. In the mid term we need to move towards regulation of the drug markets, gradually and depending on the drug and the community #mxdrugwar— Alejandro Madrazo L (@BuenMadrazo) June 27, 2012
The topic came up of how the failed U.S. gun-running sting, dubbed Fast and Furious, affected dynamics between the two countries:
How is the drug question playing in Mexico's elections?
A9: I've also read that some candidates are ignoring the issue. EPN's ideas have been pretty vague with no concrete strategies. #mxdrugwar— Sylvia Longmire (@DrugWarAnalyst) June 27, 2012
Q. 10.In Mexico, believe electorate will choose leader they hope will do best job, not the policy itself.#mxdrugwar— Ray Walser (@heritageanalyst) June 27, 2012
The path ahead:
Wednesday's report on the NewsHour focused on the high costs of Mexico's drug war:
View all of the NewsHour team's Mexico coverage.