"The origin of our violence problem begins with the fact that Mexico is located next to the country that has the highest levels of drug consumption in the world. It is as if our neighbor were the biggest drug addict in the world."

--Mexican President Felipe Calderón in a 5,000-word essay published this week in newspapers across Mexico. In the piece, Calderón addresses the drug violence that has killed nearly 23,000 people since he took office.