"Is a strategy of killing off Mexico’s drug kingpins really viable?" 'Yes', says a researcher at the University of Mexico, but only because political will to legalize and regulate drugs is lacking. "None of the areas where illicit drugs are produced, smuggled into the country, and transported into the United States are insulated from drug related-corruption. Indeed, corruption, including 'protection' of traffickers, is distributed along the lines of party control in various regions. The historical subordination of criminal to political power is being undone. ... Despite the increasingly desperate violence, there is nothing to indicate that Mexico’s political class is even prepared to consider [legalizing drugs]."