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- Audible.com Release Date: June 14, 2016
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- Language: English
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To Die in Mexico: Dispatches from Inside the Drug War Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Gibler's book will take you from the streets of Culiacan to Ciudad Juarez to Reynosa, where you meet survivors of murder attempts, families of the dead who cry for justice, and journalists who try to do their jobs in the backdrop of hopeless violence. The book's theme focuses on one word; impunity or the ability for the killers to work unencumbered by the rule of law. The book illustrates this theme in several ways such describing how murders and kidnappings can happen on busy city streets while federal police and/or the army can be less than a block away. Impunity is also seen in the authorities inability or unwillingness to take action despite knowing identities and location of the killers. And finally impunity dictates the way that journalists in Mexico City, Monterrey, and Juarez are allowed to do their jobs in covering the drug war.
By reading this book, one gets the sense that this situation is hopeless since the Mexican government is powerless ot stop the drug war, especially given the fact that it seems to favor one cartel over the other and is even implicit in assisting one group get the upper hand. The book seems to question whether legalization or decriminalization can provide a solution or if it could create more problems for an already impoverished Mexican state.
The book is recent, citing events that have occured in 2010 and 2011 so people following the situation in Mexico will recognize news events in which they may already be familiar. And it does a thorough job of identifying the key cartels battling for control of each plaza. I believe this book is must reading for anyone wanting to truly understand the situation in Mexico.
According to John Gibler in "To Die in Mexico", the drug war in Mexico is really two wars. One is President Felipe Calderon's war on drugs, and the other is the feuding between cartels over territory. Mexico's most wanted cartel leader - "El Chapo" Guzman - is frequently listed among Forbes billionaires. The source of his income is listed as "shipping." The U.N. estimates the global drug industry generates between $300 billion to $500 billion annually. And in 2008, during the economic crisis, drug money - cold, hard cash - saved the major global banks from collapse.
Criminalizing drugs has done nothing but create chaos, death and destruction. In the U.S., decades of narcotics prohibition has produced the highest number of drug users in history and the largest prison population in the world. In Mexico, the cartels are more powerful than the government. They murder and kidnap with impunity. Things are so bad in Reynosa, just across the border from Texas, that the city government opened up a Twitter account to inform residents of the locations of gun battles.
In "To Die in Mexico", Gibler takes us to the front lines of the drug war to discover why 38,000 Mexicans have been murdered since 2006, why only 5 in 100 of those murders are investigated, and why drug money is Mexico's single largest source of income. And it leaves me asking why we continue this quixotic "war on drugs?"
David Allan Reeves
Author of "Running Away From Me"
Gives you a whole new understanding on how our governments collusion with these cartels perpetuate the problem for obscene profits, special interests and a way to earmark huge tax dollars to fight this 'war on drugs' . All while the media helps misinform, or bury the facts while all concerned get filthy rich and the rest get murdered and dumped !