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Frail State, Frayed Relations: Mexico, the United States and the Drug Wars

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In 2005, when almost 1,000 people were killed in the rising narcotics violence in Mexico, most people dismissed comparisons with the bloodshed Colombia had experienced in prior years. But by 2008, when 6,000 people died in gangland-style slayings, gruesome torture-killings and full-scale massacres, the violence had crept into the public consciousness and Mexicans began referring to the carnage as simply “war.”
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