Blame Mexico's Calderon for Arizona's Law
Mexico's crazy drug war set the stage
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2010 12:40 PM CDT
Mexico President Felipe Calderon stands at the Monument to Zaragoza that commemorates the Battle of Puebla, where Mexico defeated Napoleon's army in 1862, in Puebla, Mexico, Wednesday May 5, 2010.   (AP Photo/Joel Merino)
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(Newser) – The real unsung villain of the Arizona immigration debacle lives south of the border, writes Bryan Curtis in the Daily Beast. Felipe Calderon's insane war on drugs has turned his side of the border “into a bloody slaughterhouse, complete with torture and beheadings. You can draw a straight line between the border's climate of terror and political opportunism in Arizona.”

Calderon won the presidency by a razor-thin margin, so to look strong, he unleashed the military on drug gangs. “It's like the New York police, during the heyday of the Italian mafia, going to war against all five families at once.” The result has been horrific, with thousands of civilians killed in the crossfire. The violence hasn't actually spilled into Arizona, but people living mere miles away are “understandably terrified,” and Republicans used that fear to pass the law.