Mexico society

While foreign governments cheered loudly in favour of Felipe Calderón’s war against Mexico’s drug gangs, Jorge Castañeda always maintained it was unwinnable, a “bloody, reckless adventure”.

Castañeda, a former foreign minister, supported Calderón’s successful presidential campaign in 2006, but was first taken aback, then aghast as, almost without warning, the new president immediately donned military garb to confront Mexico’s powerful drug gangs. Read more