"MEXICO CITY – One candidate was gunned down with his son inside his business. Another is missing after assailants torched her home. In some towns near the U.S. border, parties can't find anyone to run for mayor.
The violence is intensifying fear that Mexico's drug cartels could control July 4 local elections in 10 states by supporting candidates who cooperate with organized crime and killing or intimidating those who don't."
While we are (not without some justification) consumed with concern about the failed narco-states of Afghanistan and Pakistan, I am afraid that we may be witnessing one developing right next door. And would you like to guess, if these drug cartels establish effective control over areas of Mexico, how little Saudi money it would take to persuade them to let Al Qaida set up bases just a few hundred miles away from our border, rather than halfway around the world? Imagine, just for a start, sending predator drones to bomb villages in Mexico, with thousands of relatives of the innocent victims living right here in the U.S.
And either no one has the foresight to see what may be developing in Mexico, or no one dares speak out loud about this truly disastrous possibility.