Editorial finds fault with US drug strategies

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 El Universal (Mexico City) 10/19/09

 Editorial of El Universal 

US: The art of blaming the neighbor

For 25 years, US politicians have based their war on drugs on a simple premise, that in order to eradicate the consumption of narcotics among its citizens, it is enough to eliminate the producers and traffickers who live in the back yard.  Until quite recently, the business for that country’s demagogues came out clear: election after election they campaigned making a show of their sensibility toward victims of drug addiction while they proposed to invest more money, buy more arms and send more agents of the DEA to Mexico and Colombia.

 All the advisors and experts on the subject have written and stated during the same period that to fight against the supply without combating the demand is of no use.  Nevertheless, this logic — considered academic — was not at all able to derive profit from transferring the responsibility of the growing number of addicts to their Latin American neighbors.

 Now that this phenomenon has become an expedient of national security and no longer only of addiction, the hypocrisy of those politicians will end in collapse.  In a stroke of reality, the wall between the backyard and the main house has vanished.  For having ignored the obvious, today the Colombians and Mexicans, who before they couldn’t eradicate, have nationalized as US residents and have gone to live in the main bedroom, taken over the kitchen and claimed the family room.

 By dedicating themselves to combating the supply instead of the consumption, the policies imparted from the White House made narcotraffic overflow.  All that they chose to ignore before is going to fall on them all at once.  And on us Mexicans also, for having joined this mistaken game in an unconditional and thoughtless way.



 El Financiero (Mexico City) 10/19/09

 Brazil and  Colombia reject legalization of drugs

The presidents of Brazil and Colombia, Luiz Inacio Lula and Alvaro Uribe, today rejected the legalization of drugs as an effective instrument for combating narcotraffic.  “I sincerely do not believe that the legalization of drugs would resolve the problems of narco-consumption,” stated President Lula.  Instead, he suggested toughening existing measures.


Arizona sheriff’s busy weekend

The Mexican government is offering support for 13 undocumented Mexicans arrested by deputies of the Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, over the past weekend.  The Mexican Secretary of Foreign Relations (SRE) regrets the actions taken by the deputies “despite the expiration of the 287(g) agreement subscribed between the local agency and the US Department of Homeland Security.”


 Cambio de Michoacán (Morelia, Michoacán) 10/19/09

 Military seizes more marihuana

Mexican Army troops seized more than a ton of marihuana in the town of Arteaga, Michoacán.  The weed was found in 62 sugar sacks in an abandoned pickup truck.


 El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 10/19/09

 Police officer arrested

An active municipal police officer of Ures, Sonora, was arrested by Mexican military when they found he was transporting 201.5 kilos [444 lbs] of marihuana in his truck.  Three of his companions were also arrested.


 Frontera (Tijuana, Baja California) 10/19/09

 Additional charges made

The three men arrested by the Mexican Army for the attack on the police last Saturday have been found to be linked to 16 previous homicides.  Among their alleged victims was the body found hanging from a bridge Saturday [M3 Weekend Report 10/19/09] and a triple police homicide in September.


 -end of report-

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