Whatever was the case with the ancient Egyptians... I reckon they were probably better employers than the Zetas.... It is indeed super frightening, Dylan.
I wonder if the Mexican government could start recruiting engineers itself, to fight fire with fire, so to speak?
There seems to be a lot of corruption in Mexico extending up through the police force and into the government. That may be why the "despite the best efforts of the Mexican government to shut it down" doesn't seem to be working.
Having lived there for 5+ years, naively believing all that was missing was a shot at a practical education.... I just 'went out to get a paper', and walked away from everything...
My 'willing students' we're blood related to the Sinola chief. They we're using my condo on the water as a safe house...
Engineers are always very valuable. I actually don't see it weird that drug lords kidnap them, although this is indeed frightening.
But what really puzzles me is that why doesn't the Mexican government recruits engineers and fight back ?
I'm sure that the day of using just a police and guns have gone. There's a need for more sophisticated fight techniques I guess.
This problem needs a radical, holistic approach, a solution that creates a new paradigm. More of the same simply means an "arms race" as each side tries to gain an advantage over the other - and kidnapping engineers is just one step in that process. Next will be the kidnapping (or bribing) of personnel from high-tech military and intelligence facilities.
The solution: legalise drugs. Prohibition doesn't work. The debate is over, the only question remaining is the details.
There's a point. Legalize and regulate drugs, so that everything is under control, and the drug cartels lose their business. But with their resources already, the cartels would easily become like domestic terrorists, would they not? How strong and corruption-free is the government?
I agree, legalize drugs, require perscriptions, and use tax revenue to treat addicts...just like we do with oxycotin. BUT street heroin is now cheaper than oxycotin. So some underground drug traffic will always exist for economic reasons. But it would be a start.
Legalizing would definitely take most of the profit out of these operations and should help stem the violence. this is assuming no corruption in the government. And,instead of playing around with these people, they need to execute the leaders, and not let them live 15 years in prison going through the process.