The Geopolitics of the Mexican and Syrian Slaughter
It is horrible yet odd. Over 6,000 miles away from the isolated country of the USA, about 7000 Syrians have died fighting the Assad government for freedom for over a year. The US and NATO had not dared to step their toes into this battle from within its borders. They are still talking about supplying arms and creating sanctuaries. Closer to home for Americans, exactly, along the border, which is not protected by vast oceans, is Mexico.
In the past six years, a quiet war, as far as the world is concerned and as far as the media spins it, has taken over 47,000 lives. Yet, the media hardly covers it with the same attention as the Syrian battle. Mexico's war on the drug cartels is nearing all the combat losses the US had in the Vietnam War. Yet, unless something dramatic occurs either in the US or to US citizens, one would not know this war was real. Ask any Mexican who lives in the US who travels to their homeland to see family or business, most will have a personal story about something related to this war. True, the war in Mexico is mostly criminal in nature, while Syria's is for a more appealing and noble cause-freedom and democracy. Something, all Mexicans do have. What if the drug cartels took their war into the San Diego? Or other cities near the border, would the attention be diverted? Probably.
About 85 percent of Mexico's exports go to the United States, even as half of Central America's trade is with the United States. That is a lot and if the war in that area continues like the uncontrolled fire it is, this issue will be greatly impacted. Mexico has 111 million, by 2050, 33% of the American population will be Hispanic. California is already that and the impact on everything is significant. What if the drug wars spreads, forcing those in Mexico to flee to the US in greater numbers? If the mexican army offensive against the six battle provinces near the border fails, Mexico City goes back to cutting deals with the cartels, then will lose even further control of the northern provinces that the cartels are in. This will spill over into the border states.
While the US has spent billions or trillions in Eurasia and Middle East, their border country, Mexico, barely gets a drop by comparison to wage a war that can threaten. Oh, we have not even mention the fact that Iran is in Venezuela, or that, terrorists could make deals with the Mexican drug cartels for access into the US, just as their own have been doing. Money talks loudly and the war in Mexico is all about that.