Monday, November 08, 2010

The Narco State

Things are very tough in Mexico. So tough that many Mexicans have moved from Mexico to avoid the drug war violence.

The businessman and his family aren't sure how many people were killed at the baseball stadium that day. No one ever knows these things with certainty. But the shooting forced the businessman into exile, a huge decision to leave his home of a lifetime.

The adjustment is clearly difficult. The children mope about, friendless, unsure of what to do. The wife is despondent, nervous. "You have to learn to start your life over," she says.

He says exile will last just two years, because after the Mexican presidential elections in 2012, the next government will make a deal with the narcos and "this war we did not ask for" will be over.

It will be back to the norm: the narcos, peacefully, in charge
And now you know why America doesn't prosecute the Drug War with all the power at its command. No politician wants to be responsible for a bloodbath on American soil.

So when did America make peace with the narcos? All you have to do is look at the murder rate stats. They peaked in the early 90s and have been declining ever since. Everyone is happy. The narcos deal their drugs and the murder rate goes down. And those who want drugs to remain illegal are happy. The only cost is the corruption of our government. And the police? They are doing well. They take payments from the local dealers to implement official policy. Which is: Look the other way.

"The Latin American drug cartels have stretched their tentacles much deeper into our lives than most people believe. It's possible they are calling the shots at all levels of government." - William Colby, former CIA Director, 1995

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