Mexico ranks high on deadliest, most dangerous countries list
This article first appeared in the Phoenix Business Journal:
Mexico is the world’s second most dangerous country, according to a new study.
Only Syria is more a deadly conflict zone and Mexico is more dangerous than Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq and other global hot spots, according to the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
Mexico’s drug wars and violence between cartels resulted in 23,000 deaths last year.
Mexico is Arizona’s largest trading partner and the two share a 300-mile border.
Commerce and trade as well as immigrants, smugglers and drug cartels traverse that border.
There are also plenty of tourism links between Arizona and Mexico’s resort and beach towns.
“The death toll in Mexico’s conflict surpasses those for Afghanistan and Somalia. This is all the more surprising, considering that the conflict deaths are nearly all attributable to small arms. Mexico is a conflict marked by the absence of artillery, tanks or combat aviation,” said IISS CEO and Director General John Chipman.
The IISS study shows 157,000 people died in armed conflicts in 2016 down from 167,000 in 2015.
Mexico accounted for 38 percent of Arizona exports in 2016, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. But state exports to Mexico were down 9 percent last year.
There are plenty of trucking, agriculture, manufacturing and other business links between Arizona and Mexico. President Donald Trump made illegal immigration and border security a top issue in the 2016 campaign and wants to build a wall along the U.S border with Mexico.
Mike Sunnucks writes about stocks and financial markets, real estate, government and sports business.
Presently, the violence in Mexico reaches almost unprecedented levels globally. The drug cartels are fighting for control of the lucrative market to provide illicit substances to the United States through any means necessary, as evidenced by the Phoenix Business Journal article.
Mr. Kamenetz and the other liberal members of the Baltimore County Council had better understand that they will — reap what they sow — as gangs like MS 13 will continue to come north, bringing a steady supply of illegal drugs and increased violence, as we have seen from recent studies involving this issue.
It’s only a matter of time before this unprecedented level of violence in Mexico spills northward into the United States.
The security of our people and our nation depends on immigration laws that are effective in dealing with these types of problems. Rather than trying to bring more illegals into this area, we should focus our efforts to keep the drug cartels OUT and impede their attempt to further illegal business endeavors.
And we should keep ourselves safe by any means necessary.