Maybe some of you should read up on Mexican gun laws
before wondering why they don't
For all the rampant crime and inhospitable behavior, Mexico is the United States' 18th biggest
Think about that one for a minute. Mexico actually defaulted on its
debts in 1982
What does this have to do with the price of tea in China and the Mexican problems? Everything.
For those who don't know, Mexico is the third member of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Chances are something in your line-of-sight was
assembled in Mexico. For all the jobs that went South the per capita GDP of Mexicans has gone up:
Compared to that of the United States:
What this is saying that US experienced 36.5% per capita GDP increase while Mexico experienced a 63.5% increase. Nonetheless, the Mexican per capita
GDP is still approx. $14K a year.
So why is Mexico going to Hell while they're actually experiencing a pretty good growth rate? Well, because we can have both economic growth and a
social breakdown. We're seeing the rise of "Feral Cities" (a short summation on feral
cities can be found here)
. The important concept is this:
As public services disintegrate, residents are forced to hire private security or pay criminals for protection.
The 'criminals', for all intents and purposes, are now the government. Going door-to-door and shaking down residents is akin to collecting
The bottom line is the US is in no shape to help in this effort. We really can't afford a three-front war. Mexico is more than able to create its
own Lincoln Brigade
, but it's really up to Mexico to do that. Private citizens
engaging in the foreign affairs is a violation of the Logan Act
Although civil people may disagree with how the cartels govern their regions, it's the lay of the land. Gruesome images and video doesn't really
do much to help -there isn't much we Americans can do. We're broke and occupied with concerns on the other side of the world.
A point to ponder: what does it mean when your creditor is melting down?
[edit on 31-7-2010 by GreenGlassDoor]