Violence in Mexico is terrifying, but America has been complicit in that violence

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  • The State Department issued a travel advisory on traveling to Mexico
  • Violence was a large reason for that advisory
  • America has played an integral role in feeding and arming that violence

After the latest uptick in violence in the country, the State Department posted a “Reconsider travel to Mexico” warning. 

At first glance it seems reasonable: Gunfire hit a U.S. Consulate and Mexican military installations in the Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo on Sunday night. In late February, up to 17 men were lined up and shot to death, execution style, in the western state of Michoacan. A week later, in the state of Queretaro, more than 20 people were injured during a soccer match between rival teams – authorities called it “a dark day in Mexican soccer.” 

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