Drugs This Week on Drugs, Mexico Edition
posted by May 30 at 18:45 PMon
Custom Made: Border agents intercept cocaine fabricated into Jesus statue.
Mary must have made it through.
In More Depressing News: Congress has approved Plan Mexico, an effort to further militarize drug interdiction, although lawmakers did trim Bush’s request by a over $100 million. Regardless, we’re still sending a ton of money to beef up the Mexican drug war. How’s that been going so far?
Since President Felipe Calderón of Mexico started his drug war in 2007, more than 200 law enforcement officers have been killed, among them at least two dozen top commanders. The overall body count is estimated to be 1,300 people so far this year, on track to exceed the roughly 2,500 drug-related killings in 2007.
Will adding military presence to the equation in Mexico—like what we’ve done in Colombia—invite more of what happened to these officers? Or will it reduce the amount of drugs (perhaps molded into the shape of a prophet) that make it to the US? History says the answer to the latter is no.
It seems that Obama gets it—that Americans’ appetites for drugs cannot be suppressed through military force in the third world and that the supply chain is largely a result of our demand. He said:
Because if we’ve learned anything in our history in the Americas, it’s that true security cannot come from force alone. Not as long as there are towns in Mexico where drug kingpins are more powerful than judges. Not as long as there are children who grow up afraid of the police. Not as long as drugs and gangs move north across our border, while guns and cash move south in return.
But, alas, he doesn’t get it.
For the people of Colombia – who have suffered at the hands of killers of every sort – that means battling all sources of violence. When I am President, we will continue the Andean Counter-Drug Program, and update it to meet evolving challenges.
Who Else Gets Swept Up? This cartel hired a 12 year old.
In Good News: Pot defendants in Denver no longer have to appear in court.
Teacher: Busted for heroin then back to class for the day.
Hailey: Marijuana is the lowest priority in Idaho town.
Junkies: B.C. court protects safe injection site.
Parolees: Get green light to smoke medical marijuana.
May 26, 1971: In tapes released after leaving office, President Richard M. Nixon says, “You know it’s a funny thing, every one of the bastards that are out for legalizing marijuana is Jewish. What the Christ is the matter with the Jews, Bob, what is the matter with them?”