Why the drug conflict in México is NOT a WAR

The most broadly used slogan to refer to the campaign against crime in México is “Lucha Anti Narco”, which literally means “Fight Against Mafia”.

Why is the drug conflict in México not really a war? Well, because if you look in a dictionary, the most common meanings you will find are the following…

War (wôr) n.

A state of open, armed, often prolonged conflict carried on between nations, states, or parties/The period of such conflict. A condition of active antagonism or contention: a war of words; a price war/A concerted effort or campaign to combat or put an end to something considered injurious/A contest between nations or states, carried on by force, whether for defence, for revenging insults and redressing wrongs, for the extension of commerce, for the acquisition of territory, etc, etc. etc…

But I couldn’t find any meaning stating that most defining characteristic, that it is a conflict where INNOCENT PEOPLE DIE for the benefit or greed of others that want to gain, keep in increase their power.

And I went also to Wikipedia and found this line in the definition:

“In addition to the existence of this organized behavior pattern among human primates, very similar organized warlike behavior patterns are also found in many other primate species such as chimpanzees…”

CHIMPANZEES?!?!?!, I thought we had evolved…

But I am glad that at least the definition for seems the appropriate one…

Check this article I wrote explaining the whole War on Drugs happening in México.

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    • farias
    • August 27, 2011

    I also thought we had evolved, but when you observe the behavior of humanity and/or different groups of people, you can easily pick up the traces of our animal origin. We are still governed and moved by nothing but instincts, and primitive basic needs like war and religion.
    It’s sad to realize we’re still far far away from a peaceful, green and future of flying cars and intergalactic travel.

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