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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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a report on Mexico’s constant struggle

“Once known as a booming industrial city and a model of economic progress in Mexico, the border city of Juarez has become infamous as the murder capital of the world.

More than 8,000 people have been killed there since 2008, when Mexican President Felipe Calderon sent in the army to carry out his offensive against the drug cartels.

The official story is that the Sinaloa and Juarez cartels are fighting for the city and the access it provides to the multi-billion dollar US drug market only a few hundred meters away.

On this episode of Fault Lines, Josh Rushing travels to Ciudad Juarez, and asks how human life there came to be worth so much less than the drugs being trafficked through.” -Fault Lines


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legalizing pot… a good idea?

I listened to a 15 minute segment of  the KPBS radio show in which they discuss the United States’ role in the Mexican drug war. It was interesting to hear the thoughts of several editors, bloggers, and publishers on the subject as well as the opinions of a few callers outside the show.

The host of the show had asked these various editors what the U.S. is doing to help and why Americans consume so many drugs.

They stated that the U.S. has given over a billion dollars to the cause and they’re increasing border security, they’re closing off cartel made tunnels, and they’re doing what they can to the extent where the Mexican government will allow.

But where the answers really varied were towards the question of why Americans consume so many drugs which eventually led to the question of  whether legalizing pot would make things better.

As far as the question why Americans consume so many drugs is concerned, no one could offer a legitimate answer since obviously there could be an endless amount of reasons why this is true. One answer said that it’s just a habit, an easy fix, entertainment, and in some areas easily accessible, but what the most discussed topic concerning this is the issue of legalization, in particular marijuana. There’s a lot of controversy regarding this issue because no one knows if the results could be negative or actually help to improve both countries.

In my opinion, legalizing pot will just corrupt the United States further. I never saw drugs as a reliever of problems. One editor made a good point saying that although the cartels are extremely wealthy from selling drugs, “they’ve also branched out into all kinds of criminal enterprises. Criminal enterprises that smuggle illegal immigrants into this country. Or smuggle weapons into the country. There’s a lot more going on that fund the drug cartels now than just drugs.”

So the legalization of pot can only go so far, especially since pot is not the only drug they are selling and they’re participating in other money-making illegal activities. Legalizing pot would not mean the end of the cartels and is not the answer to these problems.

Listen to the show/read the transcript here: http://www.kpbs.org/news/2011/may/20/what-role-does-us-play-mexicos-drug-war/

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Where does the line end?

 

As I was doing some research on the continuous drug violence in Mexico, I came across these maps that I for some reason didn’t think existed. I didn’t know they existed because I was unaware that people knew the exact territories/cities/provinces that each cartel had taken over. I guess I think it’s kinda crazy that the lines are so well-defined, but apparently they are and they’re certainly out there.

So far Los Zetas seem to be the most dominating drug gang in Mexico and are slowly gaining prominence in southern United States as well.

This one goes even more into depth, showing the drug trafficking directions as in what’s coming from where and where it’s leading to, as well as specifying which drugs are the ones being trafficked. It appears that Cocaine is the most popular substance being shipped, and mostly from South America from countries such as Colombia, Venezuela, and Brazil. Latins indirectly assisting their Latin brothers in the murdering of innocent people… for what? For a small sum of money? For a powdery substance that gives you a temporary feel good moment in time?

I had no idea that China also ships drugs to Mexico, this is new news to me. Fascinating to think they are also contributing to this tragic mess. I should change my mission statement from Mexico and the U.S. are both equally to be blamed, to the revised version of Mexico, the U.S., Latin America, and China are all to be partly blamed for the drug cartel violence occurring in Mexico.

Next I’m going to find out that Canada, or Australia, or Africa is contributing. Like where does the line end really?

When the violence is not happening to you or someone you care about, it doesn’t really matter. All we care about is making our money.

Drug Violence Map of Mexico Political Cartoon

This is a political cartoon I found on Google Images dramatically imitating the various “cartel influence” maps that are on the internet. This image, in my opinion, is emitting the message that the violence is spread out entirely through out Mexico and even splattering over into the United States. There are no specific territories, or fine lines where drug cartel influence reigns, because it is affecting everyone all over Mexico and even those in southern United States. On a side note, the artist of the cartoon highlights the state of Wisconsin because of an incident that occurred in 2010 when “federal officials found hundreds of pounds of pot in the forests of northern Wisconsin that were apparently being tended by Mexican nationals.” (http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/opinion/column/phil_hands/article_aefae97e-ad6e-11df-841f-001cc4c002e0.html) Thus is it not only affecting southern United States, but it’s slowly progressing to northern United States as well. An ugly truth that will only worsen if we don’t pay any attention to the issue.

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Lil Wayne saves the day!

The Onion is according to their website “America’s Finest News Source,”but in reality it is a satirical news organization. They have their own online news website as well as hundreds of videos on YouTube dedicating itself to making fun of current news.

While scrolling through some of their videos I stumbled upon one dealing with the Mexican Drug War. They report that the DEA has undertaken the most successful initiative to help Mexico yet. That is…to send Rapper Lil Wayne to Mexico to use up all the drugs.

They call this program “Operation Weezy F. Baby.” Hilarious and very stupid at the same time! If you watch the video, it’ll explain in detail every course of action they plan for Weezy to take.

I always like to scroll down and read the comments that people write, and it’s funny because some people actually believe this stuff is true. I guess they don’t understand satire or sarcasm, but some comments give an insight to who’s actually interested in this topic, and to who is watching just because they’re fans of the Onion or Lil Wayne.

“the sad thing is that this would probably work better then all the crap they do right now lol”

Comment by: victus401 2 months ago
 
It seems like this person is interested and knows what’s going on with the drug war since they are aware of what the U.S. is doing now. I like that they replied back to the satirical video with sarcasm, but I’m sure there’s some truth into what they’re saying. As in, all the things the U.S. government is doing now to “help” has not brought any positive real results, therefore, give it a go, and send Lil Wayne to Mexico!
 

“ur kidding me right? this has to be a joke. were actually gonnna thank him for illegally smoking, sniffing, injecting hiself with what we call illegal s***!? and pay him? hes a freakin lowlife who has too much money for doing nothing as it is! wow we must all really be stupid”

Comment by: limbossdd 1 month ago
 
This person is one of those people who believe this is true…kind of embarrassing for him since a bunch of people after him replied saying he’s an idiot for believing it. But as we can see this person did not mention anything about the actions being taken in regards to stopping the drug war, so I’m assuming he’s just watching this because he’s a fan of The Onion…because apparently he’s definitely not a fan of Lil Wayne.
 
Others say “this is a great idea!” While other comments are completely random or are bashing others in a rude, inappropriate manner.
 
YouTube is also really cool because it allows you to see the statistics of the views of the video. So it’s interesting to see that out of the 1,437,151 views, the video was the most popular with males from ages 18-44. Where are the females?
There may be multiple reasons why this is a male dominated video, but I don’t want to get into that.
 
But now we know what The Onion would do if they were in power 😉
What would you do?
 
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Wanted: Texan kids for Mexican drug gang

El Paso County Sheriff patrolman Manny Marquez talked to students about the efforts by Mexican drug cartels to lure young people into their organizations.-Rudy Gutierrez/El Paso Times

“Texas law enforcement officials say several Mexican drug cartels are luring youngsters as young as 11 to work in their smuggling operations,” reports Jim Forsyth from Reuters news.

This first sentence made my heart stop. I mean it’s obvious that they would do this for reasons such as children being easy to control, especially for small amounts of money, and they’re not immediately sought after as suspects, and there’s a significantly smaller scope of consequences for them if they were to be detained, but it’s still a scary thought. As soon as I read that, I pictured my adorable, innocent 11 year old niece; and to think that she could be lured into the hands of the drug cartels is something I would not want to ever encounter.

The drug cartels named these little children, “The Expendables.” How appropriate. Sounds exactly like something they would do to these children…easily dispose of them.

The director of the Texas Department of Public Safety said that evidence has been found from 6 different Mexican drug gangs of “command and control centers” spread throughout Texas, so to speak “enlisting” children to perform simple odd jobs for them for small amounts of cash. To me that’s kind of like, geez they have legitimate centers up and running now? I’m pretty sure it takes some time and planning to set up a center such as this. I don’t exactly know how investigators work, but do they not see any sign of this kind of suspicious activity? Perhaps they’re not looking hard enough, or the drug gangs are just extra sneaky.

The director said they found and arrested 25 minors in just one county this year for “running drugs, acting as lookouts, or doing other work for organized Mexican drug gangs. The cartels are now fanning out, he said, and have operations in all major Texas cities.” All major cities…alright, now this is close to me, and it’s only going to spread and get worse. This is becoming more and more dangerous for a larger amount of people and for some reason it’s becoming more and more difficult to stop this… there’s something we (and Mexico) aren’t doing.

I also wonder things like, do these kids really care about the money? I’m trying to analyze the situation to get a better understanding of how kids put their selves in these predicaments. Like are these kids really poor and feel like they have to do this to take care of their family? Or do they just want a place to fit in? Do they think it’s cool or fun? Or are they forced into it by being threatened to be killed and such? I can’t put myself in that state of mind to understand why I would make myself ever want to be a part of the illegal acts of a drug gang. I just feel really sorry for these kids, they should have the opportunity to live for a brighter future, but instead they’re getting themselves in trouble at a very early age, and it seems almost unfair for them.

The director went on to say that this month “we made an arrest of a 12-year-old boy who was in a stolen pickup truck with 800 pounds of marijuana.” Seriously? That is insane! I hope someone else is as blown away by this as I am. I would like to know, where are these kids’ parents? It drives me crazy when parents and kids don’t communicate. It’s so sad when parents don’t know how to take care of their own child. And occasionally you find those parents that are aware of what’s going on, but they’ll act stupid or clueless, because they don’t want to get involved. It just breaks my heart.

But at least U.S. Customs and Border Protection are doing something about this. They set up a program called “Operation Detour” in which they go to schools and community centers to inform and caution both kids along with parents about these current events and the hazards of the recruiting of young children into Mexican drug gang job offers.

The article ends with the latest released report saying that these Mexican drug gangs are creating a safe sector “’intimidating landowners’ in south Texas into allowing them to use their property as ‘permanent bases’ for drug smuggling activity.”

I’d like to know what they intend on doing about that. It’s nice they released a report and all, but now what…you know about it, ok what course of action will you take? This is happening in Texas, in cities all over, I want to make sure I’m going to be safe, because now this is directly affecting me, and my family, friends, and neighbors around me.

Article Source: http://news.yahoo.com/mexican-drug-cartels-recruiting-texas-children-173402030.html

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What does my own Texas govenor recommend?

Being from Texas myself, I wanted to know what course of action politicians in my home state would take…being so close to all the violence next door in Mexico and whatnot.

Texas Governor Rick Perry, who also happens to be currently running for Republican candidate for the 2012 presidential election, said he would “get the U.S. military involved in Mexico’s war with drug cartels.”

Hmmm, how so Governor?

Well apparently he wants to cooperate with Mexico just as the U.S. and Colombia worked together to battle their country’s drug cartels. He said that the partnership with Colombia was a “coordinated effort” and that “It may take our military working with the Mexican government to win Mexico’s drug war.” He sounds mighty confident that with our military we’re going to win. This sounds like a familiar and reoccurring story.

But this appears to be a boo boo that came out of Perry’s mouth concerning foreign policy. Because it doesn’t seem like Mexico wants help from the U.S. military. Perry’s comments will, if they haven’t already, upset the Mexican government. They have remained forcefully steadfast in their decision to not receive any help from the United State’s military; but that’s a funny thing because they’re plenty willing to receive “more than $1 billion in U.S. aid to take on the cartels.” Has it really reached 1 billion dollars?! That’s crazy! Where has all that money gone? I haven’t seen anything being done to effectively change the outcome of the war. Looks all the same to me, and I’m not even living there, I could only imagine the thoughts of the innocent victims and citizens living in Mexico. Maybe the drug cartels themselves have been stealing all that money, livin the good life, while the Mexican government sits back and watches thousands of other innocent victims die.

I guess Perry isn’t well-informed on foreign issues because he has staggered on this issue before. His other slip up was a “rambling answer during a debate between candidates last month to a question about what he would do as president if the Taliban got hold of nuclear weapons.”

So, it turns out, my interest to know what one of  my home-state politicians would do was a bust. I didn’t discover anything that would spark my interest further. He wants the U.S. military to enter Mexican grounds and take out cartels…and Mexico says NO. End of story.  Maybe I should try out of home-state politicians…

Article Source: http://townhall.com/news/politics-elections/2011/10/02/perry_suggests_us_military_role_in_mexico_drug_war

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