New (higher) numbers on Mexican drug war carnage

The Los Angeles Times is citing new death toll figures in the Mexican drug war, suggesting 22,000 dead in three years. That’s up from previous estimates of 18,000.

Supporters of the Mexican government’s enhanced drug war have said increased violence is a natural outcome of the crackdown, a sign that the cartels are being broken up. Instead of looking at the phenomena as failure, they see it as a sign of success.

Whether the citizens of Mexico can endure much more success is another question.