people in the U.S. are at least tangentially aware of the so called "drug-wars"
that are being waged within the borders of their southern neighbor. Some
months ago, in March, New York Times journalists wrote about violence "spilling" over the border. They cited some
vague facts about homicide figures rising in certain American cities and then
proceeded to hook the reader with some detective-like stories about a
kidnapping and a pistol-whipping incident - incidents implied to be connected
to the drug-violence in Mexico.