Reminiscent of attacks on the Italian state during the 1970â€™s and 1980â€™s by leftist Red Brigades and Mafia, the drug cartels of Mexico are hobbled neither by antiquated Marxist ideology nor old-time, rustic, crime family traditions. They are adaptive, professional, transnational in outlook and far better equipped than state police forces on either side of the border. Mexicoâ€™s corrupt political elite by contrast, cannot be bothered to restrain their greed enough to properly pay, train and arm the very security forces that defend their primacy.
Those cartels already are a shadow / parallel government. Imagine the power they could have 5-10 years from now as the greedhead elites continue to abdicate their responsibility.