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August 09, 2010


Alex @ I-Con

Appreciate the shout-out. I think part of the problem in Mexico is not only facing a parallel state, but one that overlaps and invades the legitimate one. The cartels definitely penetrate and corrupt the government more than vice versa.

I'm glad you mentioned the FARC, because I think they are relevant to Mexico too. Colombia got very effective at infiltrating and exploiting rebel networks and using informants. We did an analysis of Operation Jaque that offers some examples of this (http://insurgentconsciousness.typepad.com/insurgent_consciousness/2008/12/operation-checkmate.html). More than drug and arm seizures, this is the sort of thing I'd like to see against the cartels.

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