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Mexico's Bloody Drug War

In its battle against the drug cartels, Mexico deserves U.S. support.

12:00 AM, Sep 15, 2009 • By JAIME DAREMBLUM
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Indeed, Calderón's struggle against the drug lords is without precedent in recent Mexican history. Prior Mexican administrations sought an accommodation with the cartels. Calderón has declared war. The success or failure of that war will have a profound impact on the U.S. security. For both moral and practical reasons, Mexico deserves strong American support.

Jaime Daremblum, who served as Costa Rica's ambassador to the United States from 1998 to 2004, is director of the Center for Latin American Studies at the Hudson Institute.