Are Obama, Romney ignoring Mexico's drug war?

Story highlights

  • Brutal drug war in Mexico not mentioned in U.S. presidential debate
  • Seijas: Mexicans often see U.S. election through trade, immigration prisms
  • Tens of thousands have died in drug-related violence in Mexico since 2006
"Poor Mexico, so far from God and so close to the United States," is something I heard a lot growing up in Mexico in the 1980s. How that saying, first coined by President Porfirio Diaz around the turn of the 20th century, resonates today.
With the U.S. election next door, Mexico seems not only far from God, but forgotten. In the past six years, 60,000 people have died in drug-related violence. Some say the death toll could be as high as 100,000. Yet the violence here didn't make it into the last U.S. presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
We may share a 2,000 mile border, but the view from here -- notwithstanding our trade relationship and the hunger for drugs in the U.S. that is fueling the bloodshed and flooding my country with weapons -- is that we're truly off the radar.