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My Final analysis of the Mexican drug war

Well, this is my last posting ever since I’m finishing this school semester. If anyone out there actually read this, I hope you found something useful. I know I definitely learned a lot.

I’ve never been this in tune with a political issue before, and I like being able to know a little bit more about what’s going in the world.

I hope you enjoy this video of me singing a song that I wrote called “No Mas Sangre” in dedication to the No Mas Sangre protest movement and campaign held in Mexico to promote peace and the ending of bloodshed.

SONG WRITTEN BY MICHELLE CUE

LYRICS:

How can this have a beautiful ending

When leaders and cheaters work behind enemy lines

Children of men cower into a life of crime

While we watch from the sidelines

CHORUS: No más sangre, que me duele, cansada de llorar

 Están matando mis hermanos, robando felicidad

Tiempo es de proclamarlo , que cese la sinrazón.

  Ya en mis ojos veo rojo. Cuando va terminar?

My neighbor with their addictions

My neighbor with his ambitions

We’ll never win this war if we’re always divided

So throw in your guns

Don’t give in to submission

Our hands united as one

 Chorus

Bridge: madres sin hijos, hijos sin padres

Ohhh

 Chorus (2x)

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English Translation of Chorus: No more blood because it hurts me, I’m tired of crying. They’re killing my brothers robbing them of happiness. It’s time to proclaim the ceasing of (killing) without reason. Now in my eyes I see red. When will this end?

English Translation of Bridge: Mothers without kids, and kids without fathers

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What did old articles say?

So just for the heck of it, I decided to look up older articles about the Mexican drug war to see if they were saying anything different back then to what people are saying now. But to my surprise, I discovered a lot of the same comments and opinions.

I looked up two different articles. One from 1997 and the other from 1999 and both located in the New York Times online. They are both opinion pieces and very short, but that’s what i wanted. Something that just shared what they thought over 10 years ago about the issue quick and straight to the point.

The first one from February 28, 1997 is a letter to the editor. This person touches upon drug certification and that the government uses that as an excuse to blame others and not focus on their own intelligence capabilities, or in this case, failures in Mexico

I was unsure what they meant by drug certification so I looked it up and in a different article it says,

“In early 1997 and again in 1998, the Clinton administration set off a firestorm on Capitol Hill with its drug certification decisions, which rate the anti-narcotics efforts of other countries. Members of Congress scurried to release ever longer lists of detailed demands on Mexico, and to see who could champion the largest package of arms and training for the military and police in Colombia. We deserve more than a repeat performance from lawmakers in the years ahead.

Congress should end the drug certification requirement. The policy has been an ineffective tool for drug control, and it has undermined other important U.S. interests in the Western Hemisphere.”

The quote above comes from this website here: http://www.fpif.org/reports/drug_certification

So now that I’m informed on what drug certification is, this makes more sense. It’s just like what’s going on with the ATF and their numerous unorganized operations. The intelligence agencies have a terrible reputation when it comes to the drug war in Mexico.

The piece said, ” General Gutierrez was arrested on Feb. 6 and the Administration only learned of it two weeks later. Where were the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Central Intelligence Agency? A thorough reorganization of the United States’ antidrug effort in Mexico is needed.”

Yep, that definitely sounds like something someone would say these days as well. The times may change but the government and its organizations doesn’t.

The link for that piece is here: http://www.nytimes.com/1997/02/28/opinion/l-mexico-drug-war-exposes-us-intelligence-gap-854565.html

The next piece was a regular opinion article written February 15, 1999, just two years after the previously mentioned article.

This one started out with “Mexican officials recently unveiled a $400 million high-tech anti-narcotics strategy billed as a ”total war” on drug trafficking.”

So it reveals Mexico’s plan saying that this was no surprise. Then it moves on to also criticize drug certification and blame the U.S. for it’s ridiculous need for drugs.

Well doesn’t this all sound familiar? That’s because it is.

Mexico still has its “anti-narcotics strategy” that costs millions of dollars, and the U.S. still has an immense hunger for illegal drugs. Nothing has changed except the drug certification. That’s not used anymore…and if it is in some cases,  it’s not made a big deal.

The link to this article is here: http://www.nytimes.com/1999/02/15/opinion/judging-the-mexican-drug-war.html

So, it’s unbelievable to think from over 10 years ago to now, we are still stuck in the same predicament…except it’s continuously getting worse. More deaths, more money being spent, more need for illegal drugs. Corruption and travesty. Such a sad ordeal.

These articles and many of the opinion pieces today still stand by the fact that Mexico and the U.S. are to be equally blamed for this, just as my mission statement claims.

Stop doing drugs!

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Is ignorance bliss?

I conducted a poll in which I asked 10 people under the age of 21, and 10 people over the age of 21, if they had a stance/opinion, didn’t care about the subject, or just had absolutely no clue about the drug wars and violence occurring currently in Mexico. I was amazed how opposite the two results came out to be, when people over the age of 21 had strong opinions on the matter, whereas the younger crowd seemed to have no idea on what I was asking about. Those who had no opinion seemed to come pretty close to each other, but it seems like those under 21 aren’t receiving education on the current national news. What was even more surprising to me, was the fact that these people I interviewed reside in Texas, where most of the action is very close. Perhaps this is saying something about our youth? What do future generations have to bring to the table…to our nation’s welfare?

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Who is to blame?

In a Fox News Latino report published 13 days ago, I found the results of a Pew Research study that were not very surprising in my opinion.
Between March 22nd and April 7th 2011, this research study survey was conducted in Mexico. In the survey, they administered interviews in the Spanish language with 800 adults. The results showed that 61 percent of Mexicans believe the United States and Mexico to be equally responsible for the dangerous violence that is enveloping Mexico, and is gaining closer access to the USA.
Even the president of Mexico accused the U.S. of not taking enough responsibility after a tragedy in Monterrey, where one of the cartels killed 40 people in a casino.

I also believe that we are not doing enough on this side of the border to increase the education of the population in order to diminish the consumption of these different types of drugs.
Naturally, it will be difficult for Mexico to fight against the drug trafficking cartels if this activity is directed towards satisfying a continually growing market in the U.S.
I believe that the best way to answer this type of problem, like any other problem, is prevention. It is not enough to send millions of dollars and intelligence to help with the problem of the violence and criminality that this drug business consequently brings to our neighbor, the problem should be removed from its roots, and the root is the consumer.
Hypothetically speaking, if we were to switch the problem over to the U.S. side, and would have almost 35,000 people killed in 5 years because of the drugs cartels, (just like Mexico had), do you think we would like Mexico to get more involved and take a more aggressive role in the fight against drugs?
I think most would say yes, they would.

The link to the article if you’re curious: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2011/08/31/mexico-and-united-states-both-to-blame-for-drug-cartel-violence-majority-say-in/?intcmp=related

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