Border bloodbath

Elected officials, media too silent about rampant violence so close to America

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It’s amazing what a difference an artificial border, a line on a map, can make.

There’s a grotesque war going on just south of the U.S.-Mexican border, with death tolls and horrors and headless bodies that would make Americans recoil if it all were occurring in Afghanistan.

They’re calling it the “Triangle of Death” – an area of northern Mexico near Monterrey bordered by major highways where the recent
discovery of 49 decapitated
bodies dumped by the road was the third such massacre in 10 days.

The unspeakable butchery is the product of Mexican drug cartels fighting each other for dominance – and the Mexican government’s abject failure to get on top of it.

And to think, the Mexican president a couple years ago came to our nation’s capital to lecture us on immigration and human rights. He even issued a travel advisory to Mexicans to avoid Arizona, due to its law requiring law enforcement officers to – nonviolently – check on the immigration status of those they have stopped for other infractions.

Now, there’s the definition of gall.

The violence, of course, is closely connected with America’s insatiable appetite for illegal drugs – a “victimless” crime that nevertheless leaves a trail of red carnage – and this country’s inability to control its border with Mexico.

How many people do you suppose have been killed in the unchecked violence since 2006? Try more than 50,000.

Yet, what do we hear from American news media or elected officials? Where is the concern for the bloodbath across the border? And what about the violence – gun-running, drug-warring, kidnapping and worse – that has been seeping over the border?

Are our policy and news leaders – CNN just camped out near the violence in Syria – laying low and ignoring the war on our border because it might inspire increased passion for border security, which no one in Washington seems to want?

What’s going on?

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seenitB4 05/19/12 - 05:15 am
Say What?

Well...the people who are trying to do something about it now have law suits against them.....from our US Gov.----so what do you think they can do??
Amazing country.....1 step forward & 2 steps back...

Hey...I have an idea.......move DC politicians to the border....make them governed from the edge of Mexico......they need 1st hand knowledge of what they are voting a picture!

southernguy08 05/19/12 - 06:34 am

Good post, but that will happen about the time congress votes in term limits and a balanced budget amendment. In other words, NEVER!

Retired Army
Retired Army 05/19/12 - 08:12 am
The corollary to this problem

The corollary to this problem lies within our own recent history. There was a reason it was known as the Roaring Twenties.

When FDR got that pesky Volstead Act rescinded, the violence over "illegal" alcohol desisted.

Let me state up front that I do not approve of the use of mind altering substances(other than my morning coffee)in any form other than as prescribed by a competent doctor.

That being said, the history of mankind legislating their morality upon others has a sad track record indeed. The national war on drugs has been a costly and abject failure for over 40 years now. This current spate of extreme violence in Mexico can be laid at the feet of the well intentioned, but the failed policy of that war. It is way past time to seek new solutions.

At the very least, begin with the legalization and controlled sale of marijuana, much along the lines of alcohol. I would prefer to see the tax's generated from such forward thinking directed to education and treatment for those afflicted by drug abuse. That just seems to make good sense to me.

Let's put the criminals out of work, via common sense action.

TParty 05/19/12 - 09:39 am
You're right retired army. We

You're right retired army. We need to stop the war on drugs. It needs to stop. It really is that simple. I don't use those products, and I won't when it becomes legal, just like I don't use tobacco products or hard alcohol. However history shows that stopping prohibition will drop the numbers in violent crimes, and obviously lower crime rates across the board.

JohnBrownAug 05/19/12 - 11:42 am
Agree With RA and TP

The misguided war on drugs not only increases crime in this country, but is responsible for the horrific violence in Mexico.

Pu239 05/19/12 - 07:09 pm
Queue Bugs Bunny sound

Queue Bugs Bunny sound clip....


"What a maroon, what an ignoranimus"

Bruno 05/19/12 - 09:40 pm
I call BS on the blaming

I call BS on the blaming 'merica for Mexico's drug/violence issues. Having spent time in Mexico I can say that their main issue is corruption. The corruption would be there with drugs and without drugs.

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