“Narco is rooted in society, so is corruption” - Ismael El Mayo Zambada What happens in Mexico is big; the whole country is living with corruption and organized crime for many years. The government, civil society and even the international community are fighting against it, but it still seems to be war, it still seems to be a mess. As Zambada, one of the biggest cartel leaders said in an interview: “The government arrived late to the (drug) fight. Nobody can solve in days problems that took years to develop. Corruption infiltrated the system from the bottom and it climbed to the top along the years. Also, the President’s collaborators lie to him continuously by pretending that they make progress, which does not happen in this lost war.” All of the Mexican governments tried to fight back. They have achieved historical performance in the war against drugs. They have caught important leaders and they try to ruin their business for example. But cartels are characterized by strategic alliances in the best sense of the word. The cartel does not get involved in the leadership of its partners. So what affects the top of the cartel does not necessarily affect the business they run. The cartels are powerful, smart and they have a huge network. Of course, these people belong in jail. The government needs to continue with tracking the leaders and other important people who are involved. But to reduce organized crime, a lot of different aspects are involved. Enrique Peña Nieto, the Mexican President, took office on 1 December 2012. The new president promised to reduce the organized crime. To reach that, he introduced a security plan with the support of the three biggest parties. The plan gives Mexico the opportunity to build institutions that can produce long-term peace. The government needs to build an effective police and justice system, to reduce the violence. Major institutional improvements and more efficient, comprehensive social programs could mean...
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