For all those who live with the belief that Mexico is one large and violent battlefield, I want to point out the crimes listed in the article I translated are just that: crimes. They are not the results of pitched battles between armed forces. They are, for the most part, not much different from crimes in the less visible but violence-prone areas of the US. The larger scale slaughter here in Mexico occurs when there is a confrontation often induced by military and police forces. And for the most part, you'll notice, it is confined to specific areas. This is not to minimize the problems Mexico is facing but to suggest that they be reframed, that the money spent for heavily armed helicopters, for instance, might be better spent helping people who at present see no alternative to drug money for a living and that government response to the lawlessness might well shift to use of intelligence, to perhaps the use of small, highly trained groups that infiltrate rather than blow away.