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  • 1. As drug wars continue to rage in Mexico, thousands of armed state policeman and military are deployed
    Photo Credits: Suau, Anthony. Mexico’s Drug Wars: The Battle for Culiacan.Time.com. 28 Jul 2010. Web. 12 Nov. 2010
    Music Credits: Avery, Wesley. The Masquerade. Youtube.com. 15 Aug. 2010. Web. 13 Nov. 2010.
  • 2. Mexican President Calderon has already deployed about 45,000 troops and 5,000 federal police to 18 states
    Photo Credits: Suau, Anthony. Mexico’s Drug Wars. Time.com. 9 Aug 2007. Web. 12 Nov. 2010.
    Statistics: “Mexico Under Siege.” Los Angeles Times. 8 Nov. 2010. Web. 12 Nov. 2010.
  • 3. Fortunately, increased Police enforcement has impeded some trafficking routes.
    Photo Credits: Suau, Anthony. Mexico’s Drug Wars: The Battle for Culiacan.Time.com. 28 Jul 2010. Web. 12 Nov. 2010
  • 4. But this has only prompted drug cartels to create more mayhem…
  • 5. Headlines such as this one, meaning “Beheaded”, are common in Mexican newspapers
    Photo Credits: Suau, Anthony. Mexico’s Drug Wars. Time.com. 9 Aug 2007. Web. 12 Nov. 2010.
  • 6. 28,228
    The estimated number of people who have died in drug-related violence in Mexico since 2007
    “Mexico Under Siege.” Los Angeles Times. 8 Nov. 2010. Web. 12 Nov. 2010.
  • 7. Photo Credits: Suau, Anthony. Mexico’s Drug Wars. Time.com. 9 Aug 2007. Web. 12 Nov. 2010.
  • 8. Family and friends attend the funeral of a policemen who was murdered while attempting to search a vehicle…
    Photo Credits: Suau, Anthony. Mexico’s Drug Wars: The Battle for Culiacan.Time.com. 28 Jul 2010. Web. 12 Nov. 2010
  • 9. Beyond thousands of deaths, Mexico’s drug wars have implicated the amount of educational and job opportunities for youth…
    …which has resulted in more people getting involved in drug trafficking in an effort to escape poverty.
  • 10. Photo Credits: Sprague, Sean. Poverty. Sprague Photo Stock. 2010. Web. 14 Nov. 2010.
  • 11. Even though though drug wars have clearly created more poverty in Mexico, most politicians have failed to acknowledge their detrimental effects on society.
  • 12. Photo Credits: Zirganos, Nikolas. Poverty and Education.Photovault. 2010. Web. 14 Nov. 2010
  • 13. If politicians would support treatment, education,job training, or anything else that might begin to restore those places in Mexico where the only economic industry remaining is illegal drugs…
  • 14. Then these people could have a different fate…
    Photo Credits: Suau, Anthony. Mexico’s Drug Wars: The Battle for Culiacan.Time.com. 28 Jul 2010. Web. 12 Nov. 2010
  • 15. Mexico’s citizens need to realize that many of their political leaders are not doing what is necessary to win the war on drugs.
    And that several of their politicians are also corrupt and have been bribed to ally with drug cartels.
  • 16. The Mexican public must demand reform from their political leaders if they want a better future for their country and children…
    And if Mexico’s political leaders are not responding to their citizens’ demands, then they need to be replaced and a more effective election process needsto be employed.