The drug-fueled violence that has plagued Mexico and spilled over the border into the US shows no signs of stopping.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon's offensive against the drug cartels has been met by a wave of violence that has claimed the lives of more than 47,000 people, according to statistics cited by the Associated Press.

Included in the number of casualties are 16,000 unidentified bodies, with at least 49 more uncovered last month.

The violence, which sometimes trickles into the US, has made some worried about the seemingly futile effort to clamp down on drug traffickers.

"The level of violence we're living with reflects the critical condition our institutions are in, and it reveals a corrupt government," Blanca Martinez of the Fray Juan de Larios human rights center in the northern border state of Coahuila, told the AP.

Some, like former Salon blogger and current Guardian columnist, Glenn Greenwald have blamed America's drug laws for the death wrought by cartels.

Greenwald contends that, without a demand for illegal drugs in America, the Mexican gangs would have far less incentive to engage in violence.

Whatever the cause, the deadly results of Mexico's drug war are undeniable. Click through the slideshow below to see some of the lethal incidents over just the last four months.

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  • In late August 2012, prosecutors in the western Mexico state of Michoacan say soldiers found charred human remains buried in at least five clandestine graves and left on the slopes of a hill in the town of Tuxpan, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/21/mexico-violence-tuxpan_n_1819909.html?utm_hp_ref=mexico-drug-wars" target="_hplink">according to the Associated Press</a>. Prosecutors said the troops found more than 150 pieces of bone, some mixed with pieces of wood and coal.

  • An airport police officer stands guard at the scene where a shooting took place in Mexico City's international airport on Monday, June 25, 2012. Two people were killed and one was wounded at one of the airport's terminals, and according to the federal Public Safety Department, at least one was a federal police officer. On Aug. 19, the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/19/mexico-city-airport-police_n_1807907.html?utm_hp_ref=mexico-drug-wars" target="_hplink">AP reported</a> that Mexico's federal police have replaced all 348 officers assigned to security details at the airport. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)

  • State prosecutors in Mexico <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/18/mexico-violence-dismembered-bodies_n_1800955.html?utm_hp_ref=mexico-drug-wars" target="_hplink">told the AP in late August</a> 2012 that at least five dismembered bodies had been found in Durango. That state is the scene of a violent drug cartel rivalry. The state attorney general's office says the bodies of four men and one woman were found in 12 plastic bags in the town of Gomez Palacio. <strong>CAPTION:</strong> Forensic personnel walk by a trailer containing bodies found in mass graves across the Mexican city of Durango on May 16, 2011. (Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images)

  • On Aug. 13, 2012, gunmen killed eight people in a bar in the northern Mexico city of Monterrey, which has recently seen bloody turf battles between the Gulf cartel and the Zetas gang, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/14/mexico-violence-bar-attack_n_1776202.html?utm_hp_ref=mexico-drug-wars" target="_hplink">according to the AP.</a> Nuevo Leon state security spokesman Jorge Domene told the AP a ninth person died, apparently when he fell trying to flee the attackers across rooftops.

  • Police found the dead bodies of 14 men stuffed into a SUV near a gas station in a northern Mexican city in August 2012, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/10/mexico-violence-bodies-suv_n_1762120.html?utm_hp_ref=mexico-drug-wars" target="_hplink">according to the AP.</a> Three hours later a shootout between soldiers and gunmen killed three people in the same city, authorities said. The victims in the SUV apparently had been shot to death and evidence suggested the killings were drug-related, Gabriela Gonzalez, spokeswoman for the San Luis Potosi state prosecutor's office, told the AP. <strong>CAPTION:</strong> Soldiers march during a flag lowering ceremony in downtown Mexico City on April 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

  • In June 2012, police found the tortured bodies of three young paramedics and a salesman with gunshot wounds along a highway in the western state of Michoacan, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/03/paramedics-killed-mexico_n_1566454.html?utm_hp_ref=mexico-drug-wars" target="_hplink">according to the AP.</a> The reasons for the deaths were not immediately clear, but the men came from the neighboring state of Jalisco. That is the base of a gang allied with the Sinaloa cartel.

  • Authorities say gunmen opened fire with automatic rifles inside a drug rehabilitation center in northern Mexico in June 2012, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/04/mexico-drug-rehab-center-shooting_n_1568008.html?utm_hp_ref=mexico-drug-wars" target="_hplink">according to the AP.</a> Eleven men were killed. Survivors told police that four gunmen who arrived in three cars entered the center and started firing. CAPTION: In this March 6, 2012, photo, people at the CIRAD drug rehabilitation center attend a group meeting in Tijuana, Mexico. (AP Photo/Alejandro Cossio)

  • Mexican prosecutors have released surveillance videos that show five city policemen kidnapping three men from a hotel in western Mexico in June 2012. The men later were found asphyxiated and beaten to death.

  • Forty-nine dismembered bodies were found strewn on a Mexican highway leading to the Texas border in May 2012, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/23/mexico-violence_n_1695788.html?utm_hp_ref=mexico-drug-wars" target="_hplink">according to the AP</a>. Authorities have captured and charged Daniel Elizondo, the alleged cell leader for the notorious Zetas drug cartel, with the killings. <strong>CAPTION:</strong> In this May 13, 2012, photo, forensic experts examine the area where dozens of bodies, some of them mutilated, were found on a highway connecting the northern Mexican metropolis of Monterrey, Mexico, to the U.S. border. (AP Photo/Christian Palma)

  • Suspected drug cartel gunmen opened fire on a hotel being used as a police barracks in Ciudad Victoria, Mexico, and then attacked it with a car bomb in May 2012, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/25/mexico-zetas-cartel-attack_n_1544882.html?utm_hp_ref=mexico-drug-wars" target="_hplink">the AP reported.</a> Eight officers were wounded in the attack. Officials believe the Zetas cartel was responsible for the violence. <strong>CAPTION:</strong> A Mexican federal policeman inspects an abandoned car on March 1, 2012, in Acapulco, Mexico. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

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  • In late August 2012, prosecutors in the western Mexico state of Michoacan say soldiers found charred human remains buried in at least five clandestine graves and left on the slopes of a hill in the town of Tuxpan, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/21/mexico-violence-tuxpan_n_1819909.html?utm_hp_ref=mexico-drug-wars" target="_hplink">according to the Associated Press</a>. Prosecutors said the troops found more than 150 pieces of bone, some mixed with pieces of wood and coal.

  • An airport police officer stands guard at the scene where a shooting took place in Mexico City's international airport on Monday, June 25, 2012. Two people were killed and one was wounded at one of the airport's terminals, and according to the federal Public Safety Department, at least one was a federal police officer. On Aug. 19, the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/19/mexico-city-airport-police_n_1807907.html?utm_hp_ref=mexico-drug-wars" target="_hplink">AP reported</a> that Mexico's federal police have replaced all 348 officers assigned to security details at the airport. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)

  • State prosecutors in Mexico <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/18/mexico-violence-dismembered-bodies_n_1800955.html?utm_hp_ref=mexico-drug-wars" target="_hplink">told the AP in late August</a> 2012 that at least five dismembered bodies had been found in Durango. That state is the scene of a violent drug cartel rivalry. The state attorney general's office says the bodies of four men and one woman were found in 12 plastic bags in the town of Gomez Palacio. <strong>CAPTION:</strong> Forensic personnel walk by a trailer containing bodies found in mass graves across the Mexican city of Durango on May 16, 2011. (Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images)

  • On Aug. 13, 2012, gunmen killed eight people in a bar in the northern Mexico city of Monterrey, which has recently seen bloody turf battles between the Gulf cartel and the Zetas gang, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/14/mexico-violence-bar-attack_n_1776202.html?utm_hp_ref=mexico-drug-wars" target="_hplink">according to the AP.</a> Nuevo Leon state security spokesman Jorge Domene told the AP a ninth person died, apparently when he fell trying to flee the attackers across rooftops.

  • Police found the dead bodies of 14 men stuffed into a SUV near a gas station in a northern Mexican city in August 2012, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/10/mexico-violence-bodies-suv_n_1762120.html?utm_hp_ref=mexico-drug-wars" target="_hplink">according to the AP.</a> Three hours later a shootout between soldiers and gunmen killed three people in the same city, authorities said. The victims in the SUV apparently had been shot to death and evidence suggested the killings were drug-related, Gabriela Gonzalez, spokeswoman for the San Luis Potosi state prosecutor's office, told the AP. <strong>CAPTION:</strong> Soldiers march during a flag lowering ceremony in downtown Mexico City on April 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

  • In June 2012, police found the tortured bodies of three young paramedics and a salesman with gunshot wounds along a highway in the western state of Michoacan, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/03/paramedics-killed-mexico_n_1566454.html?utm_hp_ref=mexico-drug-wars" target="_hplink">according to the AP.</a> The reasons for the deaths were not immediately clear, but the men came from the neighboring state of Jalisco. That is the base of a gang allied with the Sinaloa cartel.

  • Authorities say gunmen opened fire with automatic rifles inside a drug rehabilitation center in northern Mexico in June 2012, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/04/mexico-drug-rehab-center-shooting_n_1568008.html?utm_hp_ref=mexico-drug-wars" target="_hplink">according to the AP.</a> Eleven men were killed. Survivors told police that four gunmen who arrived in three cars entered the center and started firing. CAPTION: In this March 6, 2012, photo, people at the CIRAD drug rehabilitation center attend a group meeting in Tijuana, Mexico. (AP Photo/Alejandro Cossio)

  • Mexican prosecutors have released surveillance videos that show five city policemen kidnapping three men from a hotel in western Mexico in June 2012. The men later were found asphyxiated and beaten to death.

  • Forty-nine dismembered bodies were found strewn on a Mexican highway leading to the Texas border in May 2012, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/23/mexico-violence_n_1695788.html?utm_hp_ref=mexico-drug-wars" target="_hplink">according to the AP</a>. Authorities have captured and charged Daniel Elizondo, the alleged cell leader for the notorious Zetas drug cartel, with the killings. <strong>CAPTION:</strong> In this May 13, 2012, photo, forensic experts examine the area where dozens of bodies, some of them mutilated, were found on a highway connecting the northern Mexican metropolis of Monterrey, Mexico, to the U.S. border. (AP Photo/Christian Palma)

  • Suspected drug cartel gunmen opened fire on a hotel being used as a police barracks in Ciudad Victoria, Mexico, and then attacked it with a car bomb in May 2012, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/25/mexico-zetas-cartel-attack_n_1544882.html?utm_hp_ref=mexico-drug-wars" target="_hplink">the AP reported.</a> Eight officers were wounded in the attack. Officials believe the Zetas cartel was responsible for the violence. <strong>CAPTION:</strong> A Mexican federal policeman inspects an abandoned car on March 1, 2012, in Acapulco, Mexico. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)