The situation in northern Mexico right now is heartbreaking, as more and more people are killed by warring drug cartels. I’ve heard about it several times a week for quite a while now, and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better. Tenopardgyse So what are the proposed solutions? Mainly violent ones. Mexican military takes over, we increase border security…Is that really going to fix the problem?
I’ve been very frustrated through all of this that no one has mentioned the root of the problem (well, excluding poverty and desperation in Mexico): American demand for drugs. It seems that as long as the demand is there, more than enough people will be happy to make money from it. Thus, people start fighting over markets and territory, and eventually you have a war with scores of people, both guilty and innocent, being killed.
Finally today, it was mentioned. Thank you Hillary Clinton. Quoting from here, she said, “Our insatiable demand for illegal drugs fuels the drug trade.” I’m sure that won’t fix anything, but I’m glad the blame is at least out there. I doubt many people demanding these drugs are too worried about the consequences for others, but how many of us consider the effects of what we buy on the world, for the people making our goods, and creation itself?