While looking through Booktv's archives for Chuck Bowden's presentation at this year's book festival I came across my one and only foray into that territory in 2005.
Not much has changed that I can tell, except things are worse.
A couple of observations concerning drugs and violence in Mexico: It's illegal for common citizens to own or carry guns. Checkpoints abound. The people doing the shooting are cops and soldiers.
The cash spent on drugs must be laundered back into the system and it is, with the help of governments, banks and Wall Street.
When we send money to Mexico to stop drugs, we're supporting liars, thieves and murderers.