Every time I read about the impact of the War on Drugs in Mexico, I have to pinch myself to make sure I am not locked in some sort of nightmare. Below is the opening paragraph to the most recent update of the Drug War Chronicles.
We are talking of some 40,000 men, women and children killed over the last 5 or so years so that the US could feed its drug habit. For the most part, these are men, women and children that only want to be happy in some form or another and poverty leads leads them to engage in occupations that they would otherwise not do.
The violence is particularly disturbing because we are talking of deaths by decapitation and the public display of heads, public hangings, putting people in 55 gallon drums, filling the drums with gas then burning the person alive, and the list goes on. Whole families are slaughtered of members of the armed forces brought in to fight the drug cartels. That is women and children are murdered simply because they have a loved one in the military.
I have to ask myself repeatedly, what is it that makes our life so miserable that we have to escape into a make believe world of feelings dependent on some outside chemicals? Then, in the process we are sending billions of dollars south of the border and spending other billions of dollars fighting it.
Enough of talk, here is the opening paragraph:
Mexican drug trafficking organizations make billions each year smuggling drugs into the United States, profiting enormously from the prohibitionist drug policies of the US government. Since Mexican president Felipe Calderon took office in December 2006 and called the armed forces into the fight against the so-called cartels, prohibition-related violence has killed around 40,000 people, including more than 15,000 last year. The increasing militarization of the drug war and the arrest or killing of dozens of high-profile drug traffickers have failed to stem the flow of drugs — or the violence — whatsoever. The Merida initiative, which provides $1.4 billion over three years for the US to assist the Mexican government with training, equipment and intelligence, has so far failed to make a difference. Here are a few of the latest developments in Mexico’s drug war:
Link to update: Mexico Drug War Update