the drug war is a game

The New York Times, Stunning Escape of Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán Fuels Mexicans’ Cynicism

“Mexican authorities on Monday intensified their manhunt for Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the country’s most notorious drug kingpin, as many Mexicans expressed disbelief at his stunning escape and wondered how much of the government’s waning credibility may have slipped away through the tunnel that carried the trafficker to freedom.

“They’re all in it together, they’re all accomplices,” said José Manuel Gil, 61, a grocery shop owner, in Mexico City. “These all-mighty criminals are so powerful, I have an impression they have a direct line to the president, to let him know what they are doing and just wiring millions to buy off their free rein.”

The stunning escape of Mr. Guzmán, known as “El Chapo,” or “Shorty,” from what was supposed to be the country’s most secure prison was the latest blow to an already weakened President Enrique Peña Nieto. It fed a deep cynicism in Mexico about the country’s leadership and its corruption-riddled institutions…”

“Mr. Guzmán, who is believed to be in his late 50s, rose through the ranks of Mexico’s drug syndicates to lead what is known as the Sinaloa Cartel, the country’s most powerful and, according to American authorities, the source of the greatest amount of drugs flowing into the United States.”



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