3/1/2017 New York Times
A few weeks ago, much was made of reports of a telephone call made by President Trump to his Mexican counterpart, Enrique Peña Nieto,during which he reportedly said that if Mexican troops were too fearful of the country’s “bad hombres” to confront them, he would dispatch United States troops to take care of the job.
The problem with Mexico’s approach to fighting violence isn’t one of fear — that Mexican authorities are afraid of organized crime — but of complicity, as the unsolved case of the September 2014 disappearance of 43 students at a teachers college in Ayotzinapa, in the Pacific state of Guerrero, distressingly illustrates.
Evidence gathered by an international team of five legal experts formed by the Organization of American States’ Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, which spent 14 months in Mexico monitoring the government’s investigation, found evidence of various degrees of complicity in the crime, from lowly municipal policemen accused of having abducted the students up through federal and military authorities to powerful government officials. That kind of problem, which provides cover to organized crime, demands legal and political solutions, including cross-border cooperation, not military actions.