Drug War 40

The global war as seen from the center of North America

What does “spillover” mean?


Is it “spillover” when MS-13 is created out of U.S. prisons and deported back to El Salvador?

Is it “spillover” when Mexican street gangs use techniques from U.S. inner city open-air drug markets to create open-air drug markets in their country?

Is it “spillover” when Mexican cartels grow on a diet of U.S. weapons (irrespective of the disputes over percentage, there is no denying some/most of the weaponry comes from the U.S.) and U.S. money?

What does “spillover” mean?

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One Response

  1. beto says:

    that term is really unfortunate. it takes one aspect of what is going on out of context of the larger issue, and so people/press end up focusing on this violence as though it were a mexican/juarez phenomenon that might contaminate the U.S. The metaphor leaves out the context of the violence, the drug demand in the U.S., the history and impact of U.S. policies and market forces on Mexico, and most importantly the policy of drug prohibition in the U.S. that has so distorted the risk and returns that this kind of violence (whether on a street corner in Baltimore or the plaza in Juarez) is all but inevitable. the impression one can get from some, maybe most, of the media coverage re: “spillover” is that Mexico is just a violent, fucked up country and that those parts of the U.S. that border it are in danger of contamination. but why is it taking place in the first part? why are thousands, over 5,000 in the last 2.5 yrs in Juarez alone, being murdered? it’s horrific, tragic, terrorizing violence. but it’s not senseless violence that can just “spillover”. there is a purpose to it and there’s a reason for why it’s taking place where it’s taking place.

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