Mexico is living under a death sentence — literally. Who would go there now with daily stories like this? The country’s reputation is in tatters. There is war in its streets. Mexican police seem unable to do anything about well armed drug dealers. From a public relations point of view, Mexico is an extreme case. Declaration of martial law in the north of the country might not be beyond the pale. Mexico’s president sparked this latest upsurge in murder by trying to bring the drug mobs under control. What he did was right, but the outcome has been deadly and demonstrated how entrenched the drug lords are. One can only hope that the Mexican president keeps the pressure on until he breaks the back of the crime lords. The Mexican people deserve to live in peace and safety, and those who visit the country seek the same.