Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Wrong Again, Hillary. It is not American's "Insatiable Appetite" For Drugs That Is Causing The Slaughter In Mexico.
As most people know, Mexico is an extremely corrupt country. Almost as bad as the U.S. Their rich people pay little in taxes, steal or sell off to U.S. companies all the resources of Mexico, refuse to even invest in a water system, sanitation, housing, education, or a medical system to help their own people. They have an amazing country with abundant resources, terrific coastal areas, a young and hard-working population, but the rich people suck that country dry and leave their citizens with nothing.
That is why the drug trade is such a problem in Mexico. The same reason that the drug trade is the only "profession" available to many young black males inside the U.S. The same reason that sex work is the only "profession" available to many young black females inside the U.S. For them, this is a failed nation. For the people of Mexico, they live in a failed state in which the government exists solely for the purpose of further enriching the rich.
So now we have drug cartels ruling many regions of Mexico, and engaged in some territorial battle which has resulted in the slaughter of 7000 Mexicans in the past year. Finally, it caught somebody's attention. And now we have cross-border violence as well. And in addition to the drug fights, the other indicia of a failed state are taking form such as kidnapping for ransom. Inside Mexico and inside the U.S. Of course they don't spend so much time robbing banks these days, because the banks don't have any money.
In a way, the U.S. is responsible for many of the problems of Mexico. We corrupt their government and rich people, entice them to be just like us, to get private planes and bullet-proof cars with armed security, to leave their poor hungry in the streets to die, to spend their free time traveling the world to all the hotspots, hobnobbing with the other rich. We taught them all our bad habits. Now the chickens have come home to roost.
But today Hillary Clinton said that the problems in Mexico are caused by the U.S. citizens' "insatiable appetite" for drugs. Nonsense. How many drug addicts do we have in the U.S.? Three million. A tiny percentage -- 1% of the population. It's miniscule, should not even warrant one second's concern in the nation. A few junkies. Make treatment available, but don't turn the entire nation around because of a few junkies. And before we go invading more countries in the oldest established permanent floating "war on drugs," remember that many of the biggest "pushers" in our country have an M.D. after their names with seven-figure incomes and cushy offices inside the glass and steel hi-rises of our nation. Is somebody going to use bunker busters on the doctors' offices on main street? Or do we only use bombs and bullets on poor non-white "pushers?"
[See my comment here, Monday, February 2, 2009 Is Marijuana the Breakfast of Champions? and citations therein: an estimated 3 million Americans have a serious drug addiction, and 17,000 Americans die every year from drug addiction (compared to 435,000 Americans who die from tobacco every year, for example)].
This bogeyman that "all our youth will become drug addicts" is just a theme and variation on the old anti-communist song, re-hashed and thrown out to terrorize the citizenry and allow the defense industry to steal our money, and allow the government to take away our rights. No Hillary, it's not an "insatiable appetite" for drugs. Some people like to smoke dope. Some people like to drink beer. Some people like to eat donuts. The three things are remarkably equivalent: not so good, but not so bad either. National studies show the total number of deaths inside the U.S. caused by marijuana each year are: ZERO, NONE, NADA. So knock off the bologna.
In the meantime, using this anti-drug propaganda, the U.S. has troops invading, occupying nations all over the world. Not really there to stop the drug trade. Just to make sure that the drug cartels that survive are "our" cartels, paying bribes to "our" governments. Like Afghanistan. Remember that whole story that we needed to stop the opium growing, which is now even bigger than ever? And Columbia: we're not really in there with our troops to stop the drug trade. We're there to protect "our" friendly drug cartels, wipe out the others.
Oh God I can see where this is going. The U.S. is going to militarily invade and occupy Mexico to get control of their drug trade. Oh boy, another war.
I've got a better idea: (1) Legalize marijuana, take the profit out of it. (2) Tell the government of Mexico to tax their rich people, and use their resources to help their own citizens. (3) Secure the border in both directions. (4) If we're going to give any money to Mexico, then control it completely such as saying it can only be used for building a school, hospital, housing in some area (how about a border town), with the work done by Mexicans, the housing for the benefit of Mexicans. (5) Then maybe set up a joint economic development zone and provide an incentive for investment, but strictly controlled so that the profit goes to benefit the people of Mexico, and any U.S. "investors" just get a fair but not obscene return. Shocking idea. And if that works, (6) maybe do the same thing in our own failed cities.
From McClatchy Newspapers, Warren Strobel: "The United States is at least as responsible as Mexico for the violent drug wars that are roiling its southern neighbor because of an insatiable U.S. market for narcotics, the failure to stop weapons smuggling southward and a three-decade "war" on drugs that "has not worked," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday."
"Our insatiable demand for illegal drugs fuels the drug trade. Our inability to prevent weapons from being illegally smuggled across the border to arm these criminals causes the deaths of police officers, soldiers and civilians," Clinton said."
"How could anyone conclude any differently? . . . I feel very strongly we have co-responsibility," she said."
The articles goes on to say the U.S. is sending an additional $700 million to Mexico for "security" purposes. I wonder if that means another Blackwater paid mercenary assassin contract in the making? Those Christian mercenaries clean up anywhere there is killing in the world. I wonder if their business cards have the slogan: "We love death."