We all hear about the US State Department’s travel warnings regarding travel in Mexico. What we seldom do though is read the actual warning. We usually get the abbreviated version from the guys in the little box, the media. For those who have not read the actual warning, I would say that as a US ex-pat living here, it is very accurate in its assessment and gives very good advice on how and where to travel, or not travel, in Mexico. It gives state by state descriptions of the entire country and gives you a clear yes or no as to if you can travel there safely. As I read the descriptions, it matched very accurately what I see here in Mexico. That being, most of the country is very safe from violent crime and you should stay out of the parts that are not. Duh!
The part I found interesting was the very first paragraph. The first paragraph is where most writers put info that is considered by the writer to be important. The first paragraph of the travel warning however seems to run very counter to the image most have in the US regarding safety in Mexico. Here is that paragraph:
“Millions of U.S. citizens safely visit Mexico each year for study, tourism, and business, including more than 150,000 who cross the border every day. The Mexican government makes a considerable effort to protect U.S. citizens and other visitors to major tourist destinations, and there is no evidence that Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs) have targeted U.S. visitors and residents based on their nationality. Resort areas and tourist destinations in Mexico generally do not see the levels of drug-related violence and crime reported in the border region and in areas along major trafficking routes.”
Now, I’m not saying that is the entire warning or even reflects the entire warning. I’m saying it is a very true statement and is a very far cry from what is in the mind of most people in the US today regarding safety in Mexico. I suppose I am also saying that the media has to be incredibly stupid or purposely trying to mislead by ignoring this statement in how they report the events in Mexico. How else can you explain overlooking this FIRST paragraph of the warning!
The US State Department, the government so many in the US hate and do not trust, did its job perfectly. They created a needed and very accurate warning to its travelling citizens. The corporate media, the owners of the guys in the little talking box who we apparently trust more than the government these days because we mindlessly consume their dribble every day like a junkie does heroin, seems to have missed a very important point in the warning.
If you have not read my previous posting on safety in Mexico, you should. Then, push yourself away from the little talking box!