Thanks for bringing up the issue. It is good to be properly informed about wherever you wish to travel. Here is where I would have to disagree with you:
" Mexico is in a war right now and your area is included. Brutal, brutal mass murders are occurring in ALL regions of Mexico daily."
I stay in close contact with folks in Veracruz in the towns where we paddle, and none of those things that you mention are happening there. Granted that you have to take precautions in Mexico City itself (we travel by large touring bus to Puebla), but the cities and towns in Veracruz are free of the level and kind of violence that you speak of. The violence is concentrated along the border, around Monterrey and in the Western states. Where we paddle is 20 hrs driving from the border and five hours from Mexico City.
Mexico has great rivers to paddle, and the Mexicans are extremely warm and welcoming.
BTW, here is the latest from the US State Department to give you a more balanced picture:
Millions of U.S. citizens safely visit Mexico each year. This includes tens of thousands who cross the border every day for study, tourism or business and at least one million U.S. citizens who live in Mexico. The Mexican government makes a considerable effort to protect U.S. citizens and other visitors to major tourist destinations. Resort areas and tourist destinations in Mexico do not see the levels of drug-related violence and crime reported in the border region and in areas along major drug trafficking routes. Nevertheless, crime and violence are serious problems. While most victims of violence are Mexican citizens associated with criminal activity, the security situation poses serious risks for U.S. citizens as well.
To Read the whole thing: Mexico