The debate should be over now. All you have to do is look south to learn that the drug war is worse than a failure; it causes massive violence, corruption, and death. From The New York Times:
"When the commander, Commissioner Ãdgar MillÃ¡n GÃ³mez, the acting chief of the federal police, died with eight bullets in his chest on May 8, it sent chills through a force that had increasingly found itself a target."So what does Mexican President Felipe Calderon, who instigated the massive increase in drug war violence, have to say about all this?
"Top security officials who were once thought untouchable have been gunned down in Mexico City, four in the last month alone."
"Drug dealers killed another seven federal agents this year in retaliation for drug busts in border towns."
"Drug traffickers have killed at least 170 local police officers as well, among them at least a score of municipal police commanders, since Mr. CalderÃ³n took office."
"The violence between drug cartels that Mr. CalderÃ³n has sought to end has only worsened over the past year and a half. The death toll has jumped 47 percent to 1,378 this year, prosecutors say. All told, 4,125 people have been killed in drug violence since Mr. CalderÃ³n took office."
"Several terrified local police chiefs have resigned, the most recent being Guillermo Prieto, the chief in Ciudad JuÃ¡rez, who stepped down last week after his second in command was killed a few days earlier."
The president has vowed to stay the course, portraying the violence among gangs and attacks on the police as a sign of success rather than failure.Wow. Well, I guess you've got it all figured then, Mr. President. That's good to hear, because for a second there, it sounded like everything was going to hell.
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