Drug Traffickers Plot to Kill Mexico's President

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I've had a creeping feeling for a while now that the cartels might try to take things to the next level:

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico has captured a drug smuggler believed to have been plotting to assassinate President Felipe Calderon in revenge for the army's crackdown on trafficking, a senior police official said on Monday.

Dimas Diaz, a mid-ranking member of the Sinaloa cartel in northwestern Mexico, was arrested on Sunday in the Sinaloa state capital of Culiacan with four other traffickers, said Ramon Pequeno, head of the federal police's anti-drug wing.

"Government intelligence reports led us to find out the threat was from the Sinaloa cartel, with Dimas Diaz entrusted with the details of a possible attack," he told reporters. [Reuters]

The magnitude of all this is quite incredible to behold. We've reached a point where anything is possible in Mexico (anything, that is, except victory in the bloody war on drugs). The prospect of a Presidential assassination is a deeply unnerving reminder that the situation in Mexico could actually become considerably uglier than it already is.

I shudder to think what effect such an event would have on the already problematic level of U.S. involvement in Mexico's disastrous war on drugs. Please, let's just stop this now before it literally destroys everything there is to destroy.
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Unfortunately

Our Government will only use it as an excuse to spend more money, and the never ending war will continue.

irony

and a funny (ironic, not ha-ha) thing is that the worst thing we can do to the cartels is non-violently removing their profits via legalization.

Non-Violence is Non-Profit

The Mérida Initiative includes millions in cash for U.S.-built military hardware to be deployed in Mexico against the cartels.  The contracts were signed and the payoffs deposited into the greedy pockets of the Mérida racketeers well before Obama came into office.  Obama appears resigned to go along for the ride.

Besides materials and equipment, Mérida seeks to refurbish and restructure the prison system in Mexico to make Mexico’s penal system look and cost more like the prison industrial complex found in the United States. Prison industrialists in the U.S. are already salivating at the prospect of new product sales.

Political and military advisors are being sent to Mexico, just as advisors were once sent to South Viet Nam in the early 60s prior to the engineering of an escalated conflict there.  All preparations seem to anticipate a Mexican civil war fueled by ideologically blind ignorance and stubbornness for the next several years.

None of the Mérida money is going toward drug treatment.  Human rights abuse in the Mexican drug war is rampant.  The body count is accelerating.  Based on current trends, tourism and international relations between Mexico and less violent nations will continue to decline.  In the end, a more militant and totalitarian government will have spread its roots in Mexico, creating a failed democratic state, minus any meaningful reduction in the illicit drug market.

Giordano

Drug traffickers plot to kill Mexico's president:

Means drug traffickers plot to kill another drug trafficker. Same as if Oliver North plotted to kill Freeway Ricky Ross or vise-versa.

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