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Terrorism in North America

It’s refreshing to see mainstream media beginning to report more frequently on the terrorism occurring on the other side of our Southern border.  Mexico is now considered the second-most dangerous country in the world (Syria is currently the most dangerous country).

It’s even more promising that Rex Tillerson has clearly identified the root cause for the gruesome war zone that Mexico has become: US demand for narcotics and US provision of firearms.

However.  We need to understand the vagaries of news reporting and statistics.  First, the War on Drugs did not begin in 2008.  It began in the early 1990s (homicide rates skyrocketed in Cd. Juarez, the most coveted artery into the US).  By the late 90s the border cities of Matamoros, Laredo, Cd. Juarez, Nogales and Tijuana had become unsafe for tourists.

And the statistics, even today, are grossly under-reported.  Since the compilation of crime statistics is a moving target in Mexico – because authorities themselves are accountable for much of the violence – we may never know the true number of deaths attributable to the problem WE have created for our neighbors to the South.

I stopped collecting/analyzing reports of violence in Mexican newspapers, about five years ago, when I realized the terrorism was FAR WORSE than anyone was reporting.  My estimate, based on years of analysis, is that well over a million Mexicans have died in the War on Drugs – a war wagered by Christians against Christians.

Even if we’re able to be honest with ourselves about the mortality statistics, I think it’s important for people in the US to acknowledge we’ve caused the worst kind of terrorism this world has ever known.  People boiled alive in vats of lye and acid.  Folks buried alive or thrown overboard in the Pacific, people flayed alive and left to suffer – sometimes for days – until they succumb to pain and dehydration.

Even ISIS has “rules” about the taking of human life.  Things like waterboarding or beheading are tender and caring – in comparison to the wholesale horror being perpetrated on the people of Mexico.  I read just yesterday, of a woman in Coahuila, whose four children and husband had “disappeared”.  She’d reported the disappearance to local authorities, who told her there was no evidence of a crime – just a missing person.

Four months later a mass grave was found near the woman’s home.  Her children had been raped, terrorized, and flayed alive.  Her husband had been forced to witness these atrocities before he, too, was buried alive with his dead children.

What is terrorism?  Our US government uses the term constantly so it’s become ubiquitous and distant from our psyche.

The worst terrorism of the 21st century is occurring 300 miles South of where I am sitting now.  Think about it.  Do you want an individual skilled in eyelid removal or scalping to be drifting in/out of our country?  Remember.  WE caused this.

 

US Obligation to Mexican Immigrants

Forty-thousand lives will be lost this year to the terrorism in Mexico caused by US drug policy.

Since the US has shown little or no interest in stopping the terrorism it’s causing, can we at least have the decency to welcome and shelter Mexican citizens crossing our Southern border?

The United States Government has a moral obligation to facilitate easy immigration by all Mexican people seeking to escape the holocaust WE have caused in their homeland.  Those caught smuggling drugs from Mexico into the US are particularly vulnerable and must be given safe harbor.  For them, deportation is a death sentence.

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Terrorism and Mass Graves in North America

Many would agree that Mexico is our best neighbor. Not only do we share a 2000-mile border, we share many common interests in commerce, international policy, religion, and the environment.

So why do Americans disregard, or simply ignore, the terrorism and wholesale murder of thousands of Mexican citizens caused by the US-led War on Drugs? Why don’t we care that our best neighbors are enduring the worst terrorism of the 21st century?

Perhaps it’s arrogance or discrimination.  Maybe both.  The fact remains that a majority of Americans don’t know what’s happening in Mexico – or they don’t care – or they think it’s somehow justifiable.

Based on new figures from Mexican authorities, the death toll from our War on Drugs now stands at approximately 800,000. If drugs remain illegal in the US for another 3-4 years, the death toll in Mexico could exceed one million. It will go even higher if the country erupts into civil war. There’s plenty of evidence the Mexican people have lost faith in their government, and evidence the lawlessness and terrorism are already out of control. The US State Department is considering closure of US Consulate offices in Mexico because it’s too dangerous for US personnel to remain in the country. There are now hundreds of mass graves across Mexico.  Thousands of reports of people simply vanishing.

Acapulco was once a popular destination for tourists. It’s now the most dangerous city in the Western Hemisphere. Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and other tourist destinations have also become quite unsafe.

I haven’t seen any figures that indicate terrorist groups in the middle east (or elsewhere in the world) have killed anywhere near the number of people dying in Mexico; yet we become very disturbed at news of a beheading or water-boarding overseas. Many methods employed by the cartels and gangs in Mexico, though, make water-boarding or beheading seem mild or even humane. Enforced disappearance might be the very worst type of terrorism – and it’s occurring at an alarming rate in Mexico. Other methods of torture and killing are simply too gruesome to comprehend.  Flaying alive, burying alive, boiling alive in acid and lye – the horror of Mexican terrorism is unprecedented.

Propaganda and half-truths about drugs have kept the American public in ignorance over the likely outcomes of drug legalization in the US for so long we’re not even willing to consider it. What’s more, the truths of our experience with prohibition in the 1920s have been forgotten. The per capita crime rate in the US fell by half when prohibition was ended. Alcohol addiction actually declined after prohibition ended, though not by much.*  More importantly, the rate of recovery from alcoholism increased significantly after prohibition was lifted in 1933.

But we’ve obviously not learned from our own experience.

On a balance, the impact of legalized recreational marijuana in three US states has been mainly positive.  Those states have abolished policies that cause loss of life.  Note that over half the Mexican cartels’ profits are derived from illegal marijuana in the US.  I’ve not seen a single report of death(s) caused by legal marijuana in Washington, Colorado or Alaska.  There’s bound to have been a few, no?

Illegal marijuana, on the other hand, is obviously contributing to horrific terrorism and thousands of deaths – right here in North America.

Legalization of drugs in the US would have many positive effects.  Regulation and taxation would insure greater safety in the drug-using population (drugs would no longer be diluted or concocted with unknown ingredients), greater numbers would seek recovery from addiction, and greatly increased funding for recovery programs and policies would assure those addicts get the help they need. Most importantly, legalization and regulation of recreational drugs in the US would stop the terrorism and killing in Mexico.

Opposition to legalization crosses all political and social lines, too.  It’s not a democratic problem.  It’s not a republican problem.  It’s really not a political problem at all.  It is our problem and it trumps every other problem we face today.

Before we go theorizing or delving into the potential dangers of legalizing recreational drugs, though (impossible without regulation), shouldn’t we first stop the killing? Shouldn’t we be the ones who stand up and stop the terrorism occurring in our neighbor’s homeland? It’s the worst terrorism of the 21st century and its occurring right here in North America. WE are accountable for these atrocities. WE are the cause.

We might advertise ourselves to be champions of freedom and peace in the world – great advocates for the victims of terrorism. But the truth, unfortunately, is that our behavior runs contrary to the ideals we claim to espouse. The American people and policies of their democratically elected government are causing the worst terrorism of the 21st century, and probably the worst terrorism ever experienced in North America.

 

* There is no proven correlation between addiction rates and availability of addictive substances. Drugs do not cause addiction.

Los Desaparecidos

de·sa·pa·re·ci·do
/ˌdesəˌpärəˈsēdō/
noun
plural noun: desaparecidos
  1. (especially in Latin America), a person who has disappeared, presumed killed by members of the armed services, the police, or organized criminal gangs.

The sheer numbers are hard to fathom.

It’s conceivable, even probable, the death toll in Mexico from the US-led War on Drugs over the last ten years surpasses 100,000.  Statistics cited by news sources, and warnings from United Nations, indicate at least 10,000 and as many as 20,000 unsolved murders and disappearances per year – 5,000 or more per year for several years running in Cd. Juarez alone – attributable to a single phenomenon: the arrogance and stupidity of the American people with regard to illegal drugs.

By most definitions, this constitutes ongoing genocide immediately to our South and one of the most tragic human rights crises of the 21st century.  News media in the US seldom covers the continued suffering, though, because it’s not what Americans want to see.  We became jaded by reports of thousands dying right on our doorstep, so the news coverage stopped – but the killings didn’t.

We are responsible.  We own this.  It’s not a Mexican problem.  It’s not a Latin American problem.  It is our problem.

For whatever reason we’ve persisted in the belief that addiction is caused by drugs, and that stopping the flow of drugs to the streets of the US will miraculously cure addiction.  Not only does this worsen addiction by driving the addict underground to a world of shame and crime, it is causing enormous loss of human life in Mexico.

Let me say this again.  Addiction is not caused by the availability of drugs.  The human sciences have given us extraordinary insight into the causes of addiction, but the availability of drugs is not one of them.  Ask any recovered addict, or any qualified specialist in addiction medicine.  Drug abuse is a symptom of addiction, not its cause.

Let’s try it again, but we’ll use some different terms.

Alcoholism is not caused by the availability of beverage alcohol.  The per capita number of alcoholics in the United States was not reduced by prohibition of alcohol in the 1920s.  In fact, the figures for late-stage or untreatable alcoholism went up – mainly because the disease was stigmatized and sufferers were abandoned to a world where dying from alcoholism was preferable to asking for help (and admitting to unlawful behavior).

More interestingly, the number of alcoholics per capita actually decreased following the repeal of prohibition; but there was no significant correlation between legality or availability of beverage alcohol and the numbers of alcoholics.

I’ve been paying attention to our country’s experiment with legalization of recreational marijuana.  It’s interesting.  I’ve not yet found a single report of anyone dying as a result of legal marijuana.  Yet thousands are dying in Mexico (and in the US) as a result of illegal marijuana.  Even more as a result of other illegal drugs.

The net net: legalization and administrative control of drugs in the US will not have any significant effect on the problem of addiction.

It simply will stop the killing.

It’s becoming evident to the people of the world that people in the United States suffer deeply from a ‘more is better’ attitude (common in the mindset of addiction), and a degree of collective selfishness and arrogance so cruel that we blindly cause the perpetration of heinous atrocities upon our nearest neighbors.

Do you care about the pain and suffering we are causing?  Do you care enough to question your own beliefs and arrogance about the disease of addiction?  If it were even slightly possible that legalizing drugs has little or no effect on the numbers of addicts in the US, but stops the senseless killing and tragedy in Mexico, would you endorse it?

Maybe not.  Maybe it will take a genuine holocaust to change our minds.  Hopefully, by that time, the world will have stepped in and what we think won’t matter.  We’ll be remembered by our selfies in social media.

The mass graves in Mexico will look no different in fifty years from the mass graves of Auschwitz and Choeung Ek.  Great power in the hands of people blinded by avarice and arrogance has always played badly on the stage of time and human experience.

Illegal Marijuana is Deadly

It seems Texas has a bill before its legislature to decriminalize marijuana. Interesting the bill has been introduced in one of the nation’s most conservative states by one of its more conservative legislators.

I seriously doubt, though, that Texas (or any of our border states) will decriminalize marijuana. Legal marijuana is significantly less harmful than legal alcohol, but illegal marijuana is deadly. That’s why it lies at the very heart of the US War on Drugs.

Illegal marijuana and undocumented firearms are the leading causes of the genocide occurring South of our border with Mexico. Illegal marijuana and undocumented firearms are problems we own. We are responsible.

We don’t know for sure how harmless legal marijuana is, but new reports from Colorado and Washington indicate it’s hundreds of times less harmful than legal alcohol. Probably less harmful than a whole bunch of legal substances. A Colorado study found that drivers who’d used marijuana had a 5% higher chance of being involved in an accident, whereas drivers who’d consumed one alcoholic beverage increased their chance of by hundreds of percent.  Hmm.

We do know, absolutely, that illegal marijuana (as opposed to its legal counterpart) is destroying countless lives and causing thousands of tragic deaths in Mexico. More than 20,000 unsolved murders and “enforced disappearances” per year in Mexico are attributed to drug cartels who derive half of their income (a conservative estimate) from selling illegal marijuana in the US (and who obtain nearly ALL of their firearms through undocumented transfers in the US).

But if we take away the money then we destroy the enemy – and without an enemy we have no need for our war machine.

The United States’ illegal marijuana and undocumented firearm transfers are causing genocide in Mexico. We are responsible.