much of the murder, mayhem and failure is the fault of the USA's attitude toward this particular illegal drug. oh yes, there are other illegal drugs out there, some should never be used by anyone, but, the nature of humans is often to destroy themselves for the love of a substance. that's another diary altogether.
we've lost, law enforcement agents, tourists, innocent citizens of mexico, mexican politicians, chiefs of police, and many people killed in this drug war will never be found to the grave sadness of their families.
the mexican drug lords are ecstatic about this war. here, El Chapo, explains why:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/... i'll quote some of it here, but, i don't want to post the entire text, only enough to keep from crossing the "fair use" line:
Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera reported head of the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico, ranked 701st on Forbes' yearly report of the wealthiest men alive, and worth an estimated $1 billion, today officially thanked United States politicians for making sure that drugs remain illegal. According to one of his closest confidants, he said, "I couldn't have gotten so stinking rich without George Bush, George Bush Jr., Ronald Reagan, even El Presidente Obama, none of them have the cajones to stand up to all the big money that wants to keep this stuff illegal. From the bottom of my heart, I want to say, Gracias amigos, I owe my whole empire to you."
Mexican President Calderon is at the point of beggin the US to work with him in order to help save his country from this ill conceived, ill controlled and absolutely stupid "war on drugs". mexico will, if at all possible" make these drugs legal in order to save themselves. why? because WE are killing them.
i always felt it was wise to keep your national neighbors, particularly the shared bordered ones, with respect and honor. we have not done so. we have treated Mexico as a "possession" as a nation we can maltreat with impunity, simply because we can.
this is inhuman, intolerable and stupid. hopefully, at some point in time, we will either wise up, or, we will be forced to concede that our policies have been abject failures, the DEA is a fascist agency (you may know good and honorable DEA agents, in all my years of working with law enforcement i never met ONE of them).
marijuana has so many truly positive medicinal uses, it also has a problem, drug companies can't figure out how to patent it, make it their own and make scads more profit than they already make by allowing a change in laws. also, without this drug war, the DEA has no purpose.
it is heartening that some states have taken up the banner of medical legalization. may we all soon join them and make this drug, which is highly misclassified and extremely useful one of the drugs in our arsenal of medical preparations that will benefit us all.
may we STOP killing people in other countries because we can.
okay, end of rant, didn't mean for it to go on so long. thank you all for your patience.
all thoughts are appreciated and respect of same is the order of the day.