Mexico’s tourist economy is going to continue to decline thanks to the efforts of the Drug Cartel’s. The latest incident targeted Mexican Schools. Five heads were delivered to a school in a wooden create with a note attached. The note stated that the people should thank the governor for continuing the war.
The Cartels want to be left alone; they want to be able to continue to produce their drugs without interference by the Mexican Government or by the United States. Not only do they want to be left alone to produce and sell their drugs, they are also “requesting” compensation by the government and local business, as a “thank you for not leaving heads at our door.” The Cartels are demanding teachers pay a portion of their salaries and schools pay kickbacks. This latest incident displays what the Cartels have in mind for anyone who refuses.
Schools have had to shut down due to these threats. About 75 schools were padlocked and shut down when teachers and administrators refused to come to work for fear that the Cartels would attack. Why do you think they are attacking schools? What is the political reason for it?
This incident is one of many occurring all over Mexico as the Drug Cartels try to convince the people and the government it is there way or no way. So what is their next step? The Mexican economy is already depressed, and now for fear of these Cartels their major source of income, tourism, is declining. It seems that the Cartels are doing things to directly affect tourism. If they don’t get their way will they start killing tourists? What can the Mexican Government do to control this problem? How can they ensure the safety of tourists if they cannot ensure the safety of their own people? If they do start killing American tourists what would the U.S. Government’s reaction be?