A war on drugs? No, this is a war on the Mexican people

29,000 dead, human rights leaders murdered, the constitution violated – the price of President Calderón's popularity bid
The Guardian (UK)
Thursday 12 August 2010

Vicente Fox, the former president of Mexico, began his administration in 2000 with a popular festival. Felipe Calderón, who took over in 2006, began his with a show of military force. His affinity for uniforms, army brass bands and public events with the armed forces makes an overt connection between the military and the executive that was unusual in Mexican politics before his presidency.