There are a number of hot spots in the world where wars rage. As you might guess, Syria is the worst. Obviously, you would not think of sending your kids to a war zone on Spring break, but, did you know that right behind Syria’s death toll is… Mexico? There were 60,000 deaths in Syria in 2016, and Mexico reported 23,000 intentional homicides during the same period!
Our neighbor to the South is a very violent place, ranking #2 among countries considered in “armed conflict,” according to a report published last Tuesday. However, Mexico is not in war, well, not a traditional war. Its a drug war and that is perhaps even more dangerous than combat because there are no front lines, no bad guys in uniforms and this war could catch up with you without notice.
However, its worth noting that in 2014 Brazil had a homicide rate over twice that of Mexico. A completely difference circumstance too. But, they are not on our Southern border. Of course Latin America in general can be pretty rough due to things like civil unrest, economic collapse, drug cartels of course, a rogue military, communist revolutionaries, dictatorships and so on.
From their (Latin America) perspective North America must look pretty darn good! From our ever naive perspective, vacation deals to the South are pretty enticing too. So, for a good travel deal all you have to do is ignore the news and hope you won’t be the next tourist to be ransomed. And you wonder why Trump wants to control our Southern border?