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August 12, 2009
Corruption hampers Mexico’s battle against drugs

Earlier this week, U.S. President Barack Obama met in Mexico with President Felipe Calderon and the Canadian prime minister, Stephen Harper. The president praised what he described as Mexico’s “courageous effort” to combat drug trafficking and drug violence and spoke about how improved coordination between the Mexican military and local police officers would help in the fight.

Read Worldfocus blogger Peter Eisner’s take on the meeting: Hollow words as Obama praises Mexico’s war on drugs

One of the biggest problems the federal government in Mexico is confronting in its war on drugs is police corruption. This week, in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey, officials ordered the municipal police not to sit in parked patrol cars observing traffic because they suspect those police are actually spying for the drug cartels.

Andres Martinez, a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, joins Martin Savidge to discuss the Americas summit, the drug war and the U.S. commitment to Mexico.






Unless the Lord watches over the city, its watchmen stand guard in vain. The Truth


All the drug war violence in Mexico and everywhere else is a direct consequence of the U.S. imposed war on drugs which is, in fact, a war against human beings and their freedoms. It is humans, not drugs, who are being murdered, assaulted, robbed, and arrested. Several hundred million honest, decent human beings have been declared criminals by thousands of U.S. drug laws. Every year, more than a million people are being disappeared into the police-prison-industrial complex.

Here are some questions for John Larson and Martin Savidge. Have you ever heard of Al Capone and Elliot Ness? What happened during alcohol Prohibition when drug fighters and illegalizers were allowed to illegalize the drug alcohol? What happened when these drug fighters and illegalizers were allowed to treat millions of alcohol consumers, producers, and dealers as criminals? What was the result when drug fighters and illegalizers authorized armies of police (goons) to assault, rob, arrest, and even murder the victims of their war? I will help you. Their violent and criminal intervention into the free market produced an equally violent underground market. Their massive violations of civil liberties produced government gangs, private gangs, and gang warfare.

John and Martin, please straighten your spines and interview at least one person who is willing to speak the truth about this evil and insane war. The people who are responsible for all the drug war deaths are the freedom-violating thugs who support that unjust war. It is drug fighters and illegalizers who are responsible. It is their war. They are the aggressors.

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