During 2007 there
apparently were nearly 2,800 drug "gang war"-related homicides in Mexico.
That's separate from casualties as a result of police or military action, or
drug-related crimes that end up involving murder (e.g., buy gone bad,
etc.).There do not appear to be
comparable figures for drug gang war-related homicides in the U.S. (which has
three times the population), but American drug-related murders run to over
12,000 a year. This is mostly criminals killing criminals. It's rare for police
or government officials to be targeted. Not so in Mexico.
Mexico's problem is that the drug
related murders are concentrated in a few towns along the U.S. border. In an
attempt to stem the violence, the Mexican government sent 3,500 troops and
federal police to the border town of Rio Bravo late last year. This was mainly
in reaction to the murder of the former mayor there, along with four federal
police acting as his bodyguards. The government has basically declared war on
the drug gangs, and has troops and police patrolling the, heavily armed, and in
large numbers. There have been more gun battles, and many arrests. The gangs are
not fleeing, but apparently staying to fight.