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Finally Someone is Blaming Prohibition!

Today’s Wall Street Journal features a piece by Mary Anastasia O’Grady entitled “Mexico pays the price of prohibition.” In a time where the media continues to blame drugs as the problem it is refreshing to see an article that goes to the root of the problem in the headline.

O’Grady makes clear and concise points in regards to the 4,909 people that have been killed since Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s offensive against organized crime started two years ago,

For perspective on how violent Mexico has become, consider that the total number of Americans killed in Iraq since March 2003 is 4,142.

The article continues on to link other aspects of Mexico’s war on drugs to the overall issues effecting our southern neighbor.

As this column has pointed out many times, one reason that security has so deteriorated in the past decade is the demand in the U.S. for illegal narcotics, and the U.S. government's crackdown on the Caribbean trafficking route. Mexican cartels have risen up to serve the U.S. market, and their earnings have made them rich and well-armed.

The column clearly recognizes the basic concepts of supply and demand when speaking on financial realities of how much cash is being pumped into Mexican cartels on the border, while falling short of saying the only way to fix this major problem is to legalize drugs.

O’Grady goes on to close the piece with a quote from former U.S. Foreign Service Officer Laurence Kerr.

America has been in Mexico's shoes: flush with the bounty of illegal liquor sales, organized crime thoroughly penetrated the U.S. justice system during Prohibition. As long as Americans willingly bury Mexican drug traffickers in greenbacks, progress in constraining the trade is likely to be limited." Regrettably, Mexico's institutional reform will also be limited and the death toll will keep climbing.
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I find it astonishingly amazing at how the media and others are alarmed at the violence level in the Mexican drug war. Did someone say " war"? When is the last time that you saw a peaceful war? Alcohol prohibition had a short life because of its impact on white society. It was not the dark man causing the violence. Law enforcement shifted it`s focus onto other drugs. Prodded by the hysteria of "colored" folks enticing the white woman with drugs, the madness changed course. The origins of " drug prohibition" litter the internet. Until the "drug war" impacts the white man as it has the "colored man", it will continue on. Drug prohibition is EVIL beyond belief. It is a beast that devours all common sense in sight. Why does law enforcement support more "drug war"? Is it because they want to do what is right? Is it because they`re looking for a citizen financed career that allows them to indulge in rascists fantasies? Even SATAN himself has enough common sense to know better than to call a plant "evil". I have to give SATAN credit though. If he can convince humans to destroy one another over a plant, then he is one powerful s.o.b.. The "drug war" is legalized , government sponsored and citizen funded racism. The history and facts of this madness don`t lie. Us humans are pitiful indeed.

Headline says it all

This Headline is a first in a news story covering the drug war. Ms. O'Grady is one of a few reporters who makes the counter-intuititve connections of the drug war and reports on them in a truthful manner. I hope you read Ms. O'Grady's story, Lou Dobbs. As someone who has devoted the most time and resources to the Mexican Drug War, Lou Dobbs appears clueless night after night as to the solutions to end Mexico's violence. He just advocates more the get-tough stuff.


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