One of the things I like to do as I have driven around the country is to read what the local papers have to say about this and that in the small communities where I gas up or spend the night. There was one surprise that I was not prepared for and have never seen in my almost seven decades on this planet. That was the role of illegal drugs in the Southwest.
This not only found expression in the written word of local papers but found expression in the communications I had with people at the cash register, camp grounds and stores. In general, the word was to be careful about traveling in the El Paso area because it was a gateway to smuggling in the Southwest.
At first thought, it seemed preposterous to me that anyone could make this statement because it represents a failure of the government to look out for the general welfare of the people. Then when got to El Paso, on the front page of the El Paso Times was a warning that Mexican drug cartels were targeting people and bridges.
The paper goes on to say that essentially the cartels have declared war against the US in attempting to capture market share of the illegal drugs coming into the US. At first glance it seemed preposterous but then it occurred to me that this was a fact of life and over 5,000 Mexican men, women and children have lost their lives at the border of El Paso alone in the struggle to capture shares in the US market for illegal drugs.
Found it hard to believe that it was just a local phenomenon that found expression in the local newspapers and so I went to YouTude and typed in Juarez, Mexico and drugs. There must be a couple of hundred film clips on all sorts of activities related to the violence and chaos of the border battles going on the satisfy our cravings to escape the day to day realities of our lives.
Below is just one such film clip on YouTube.