RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Even though Guayaquil is part of a security plan, the wave of violence that manifests itself in contract killings continues to grow. Security experts believe that in addition to turf wars between local gangs linked to Mexican drug cartels, the relentless crime and increased drug trafficking are also a sign of strength for the state.
Are there signs of undeclared war? Colonel Mario Pazmiño, former head of Army Intelligence and an expert on security and defense issues, thinks so. But it is drug trafficking that threatens the state, and not the other way around, as . . .