Violence in Mexico escalates

Drug cartels in Mexico are becoming increasingly violent. Murder rates linked with the drug trade have spiked, especially near the U.S. border.

It seems that drug-related murders are at an all-time high south of the border. The number of people killed last year by drug traffickers was more than 6,500, which triples the numbers for 2007. So far this year the number killed has reached 2,000 and it’s on pace to set a rather gruesome record. So how does our government view these increases in violent and malicious killings? Sadly, they see it as good news. I’m not even kidding. Last year, DEA administrator Michele Leonhart told the citizens of the United States the following:

“Our view is that the violence we have been seeing is a signpost of the success our very courageous Mexican counterparts are having. The cartels are acting out like caged animals, because they are caged animals.”

Let me run that by you again, because I know your brain is wrestling with the stupidity of that statement. She said that the violence in Mexico is a signpost of success! So according to this logic, I suppose that this year will be the most successful year ever.

Let me tell you why the violence is escalating. It sure as hell is not from super-tough drug enforcement agents cracking down on dealers and traffickers. No sir. They have been doing that for the better part of the last century. The cartel violence is growing because they are being threatened by legalization efforts. Isn’t it obvious? Who are they killing? Rival traffickers: check. American ambassadors: check. Journalists who might report their activities or present evidence in favor of legalization: check. The cartels are directly funded by Americans who buy their pot because it’s illegal in this country. So what’s happened as of late that has made these traffickers such “caged animals”? Well, with the dispensaries booming in medical states like California and Colorado, people don’t have to buy mystery-weed anymore. They can go to a place that can tell them the exact strain of bud and guarantee its freshness, purity and species (indica vs sativa). When you can get much better cannabis at a fair price, of course you’re not going to be buying any Mexican schwag.

Then of course there’s the decriminalization legislation that Mexico passed last year. And to top it all off, by the end of the year California might allow folks to grow it themselves, as long as it’s in a 5’x5′ plot in their yard. Americans growing their own cannabis would be very bad for the cartel “businesses.” And of course if they can’t sell drugs, they can’t buy guns and grenades and rocket launchers, and they won’t be able to kill people anymore. Am I the only one seeing this connection? Surely you can at least agree that it’s pretty disgusting for the DEA to be celebrating the spike in the murder rate. Where are these people’s souls?

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