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January 28, 2005

State Dept. Issues Mexico Border Travel Advisory Over Drug Fighting

Fighting among rival drug gangs near the US-Mexico border has prompted the US State Dept. to issue a travel advisory, and Mexican officials are not happy, according to an article by Ginger Thomas in the New York Times. The US ambassador to Mexico, Antonio O. Garza, Jr., predicted a "chilling effect on the cross-border exchange, tourism and commerce" if Mexico could not rein in the violence.

Mexican president Vicente Fox shot back at Garza and the State Dept., saying "Mexico's fight against drug trafficking is firm," and "The Mexican government does not admit judgment from any foreign government about political actions taken to confront its problems."

If Fox really meant that, he would push harder for legalization, which once a few years back he said was the right way for the world to go. Mexico suffers terribly from the drug trade violence that prohibition has created, and they have the right to an effective solution. Only replacing the illicit drug traffic with a legal trade that is governed by laws has a chance of providing that.

E-mail [email protected] to send a letter to the editor. And send good thoughts for peace southward to our peoples on both sides of the border.

- Dave Borden, DRCNet

Posted by dborden725 at January 28, 2005 06:06 PM

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