Lethal Land: Violence in Mexico’s Drug Fueled War

It is no secret: America’s ‘War On Drugs’ has been a losing fight since its declaration on June 18th, 1971 by our short-lived president Richard Nixon. This neo-era of prohibition would plant the seeds for an unprecedented escalation of violence in Mexico—our impoverished neighbors to the south.

The fundamental flaw in declaring a war on something as broad as ‘drugs’ is that there really is no way to win or defeat the enemy in which you are fighting. To believe in a triumphant conclusion to such a war is naive and to ignore the repercussions of the continued battle is negligent.

This negligence is what the people of Mexico are suffering from today. The innocent, hard-working citizens of a country ruled by a need dollar amount multi-billion dollar drug industry are caught in the crossfire as the United States continues to do battle with an enemy with no known limits in resources. If our own country hasn’t proved the point that cash is king, look no further than to the government that turns a blind eye to the acts of brutality carried out by cartel soldiers against their own people.

Our exile of all drugs in the United States creates opportunity in a country where the law can be purchased. Let’s face it: demand is endless, and cartels have become so powerful and massive in their operation that their supply can meet this incessant need we have to get high. Yes they could supply us with all the drugs our heart desires, but they don’t have to. Take marijuana for instance. Mexico was at one point the largest supplier of marijuana to the United States, but as rational, sensible people began to push for its legalization list specifics(along with all twenty-three states with medical marijuana protections), we no longer need Mexican weed to supply our demand. Why you ask? We essentially conceded that a war against marijuana wasn’t worth fighting, and now Mexico has no real consumer for all of its low-grade pot. Now the question is what do we do about cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin? Outright legalization of these drugs seems like a stretch, but a shift in policy and the decriminalization of addicts who rely on these drugs could have an impact on the cartels’ ability to dominate the US market.

This is not to say that getting high is even the worst offense occurring in this mess of a situation. The root of this tragedy is clear in our prohibitionist policies. We are to blame for the crisis in Mexico; eliminating supply within our own borders, while ignoring the simple economics of demand, providing Mexican drug cartels the perfect opportunity to build their empires. But what is the cost? A War on Drugs is not a war against a nation nor is it fought with against an armed enemy hell-bent on killing us. Despite this, innocent Mexican citizens are the casualties of an evolved and brutal reign of terror.

We live under a somewhat sense of order and law here in the United States, but in Mexico right now it is the ‘Wild West’. Be-headings and the murdering of everyone from children to farmers is now a standard in Mexico. The cartels maintain power by enslaving the innocent with fear and paying those responsible for upholding the law with the dollars we spend on their products. It is a simple equation with devastating consequences.

So the next time you discuss or even hear anything regarding ‘The War On Drugs’, remember who is really at war, and remember who put the gun against their head.

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