While Syria and other far off conflicts in Asia garner most of the world’s attention, there is a war underway at our very doorstep and no one is talking about it.
Mexico’s drug war claimed the lives of 23,000 people in 2016. This death toll was second only to Syria, where 50,000 died last year in its six-year long civil war. Compared to previous years, drug-related deaths in Mexico hit 17,000 in 2015 and 15,000 in 2014, according to the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). This upward trend in casualties and the 35% year-over-year jump in casualties is cause for alarm, if anyone was sounding it.
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were right behind at 17,000 and 16,000 lives lost respectively and received much more attention from the media around the world as these are both much more visible conflicts. An eye opening fact is that most of the deaths from Mexico’s drug war were from small arms fire as opposed to air strikes. What is going on in Mexico is seeping into the United States as gangs such as MS-13 and other violent criminals (many of whom are here illegally) are spreading into cities and states where you never thought they would be.