Magazine June 22, 2009, Issue

Mexico’s Cartel Wars

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman escorted by soldiers in Mexico City, January 8, 2016 (Tomas Bravo/Reuters)
In some ways, the nation's rampant violence is a sign of progress

Mexico City —

Archbishop Héctor González caused a mini-scandal in Mexico when he declared recently that the country’s most notorious drug baron, Joaquín “El Chapo” (“The Kid”) Guzmán, was living right outside a small town in the archbishop’s home state of Durango, and that “everyone except the authorities” knew it. No sooner had González apologized for what one commentator called an irresponsible “diffusion of gossip” than the bodies of two military-intelligence officers on an undercover surveillance operation turned up right where the archbishop had indicated, riddled with bullets from high-powered rifles. The bodies bore a characteristic warning: “Neither government nor

Mario Loyola — Mr. Loyola is a research associate professor and the director of the Environmental Finance and Risk Management Program at Florida International University and a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. From 2017 to 2019 he was the associate director for regulatory reform at the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

In This Issue



Books, Arts & Manners


How It Was

A review of Right Time, Right Place: Coming of Age with William F. Buckley Jr. and the Conservative Movement, by Richard Brookhiser.

The Other O’Connor

There was another Catholic novelist named O’Connor at work in the Fifties and Sixties, and for a time he was both better known and vastly more popular.