Businesses in Juarez, Mexico are asking for the deployment of United Nations peacekeeping troops to stop the ongoing drug violence (insurgency?). The deployment is unlikely; a UN operation would amount an acknowledgement by the Mexican federal government that it is unable to provide domestic security within its borders. However unlikely, the deployment would place UN peacekeepers less than a mile from El Paso, Texas. If that does not cause Washington to press the panic button, nothing will.
Christopher R. Albon is a political science Ph.D. specializing in armed conflict, public health, human security, and health diplomacy.