The new administration of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto "has sought to downplay the deadly violence" among rival drug cartels that has plagued much of his country but the facts belie the propaganda as reported by Tracy Wilkinson and Cecilia Sanchez for the Los Angeles Times: "newly released statistics indicate the number of homicides related to drug trafficking and other organized crime are only marginally changed from the same period last year, a blow to the government's attempts to recast Mexico's image."Peña Nieto previously has declared his handling of the drug cartels "will be a quieter affair" than the aggressive strategy employed by his predecessor Felipe Calderon as reported by Richard Fausset for the Los Angeles Times.
It's unclear what the Peña Nieto administration means by offering a quieter approach in dealing with the drug cartels, and hopefully it does not entail negotiating a secret pact by which the narcos are allowed to operate in exchange for peace. In the past some branches within the Italian government allegedly made deals with the devil to end the Mafia's stragismo -- strategy of terror -- to disasterous results.
When Peña Nieto won the Presidential election last July some predicted a capitulation to the cartels as then reported by Erin Carlyle for Forbes: "the new government is likely to be a lot less confrontational with people like the world's most powerful druglord: billionaire Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman Loera."