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How’s that drug war going?

AP

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — Gunmen broke into a drug rehabilitation center, lined people against a wall and shot 17 dead in a particularly bloody day in Mexico’s relentless drug war. The brazen attack followed the killing of the No. 2 security official in President Felipe Calderon’s home state.

I guess this must be another one of those signs that we’re winning the drug war.

“As never before, we have weakened the logistical and financial structure of crime,” the president told legislators.

Any drug policy that doesn’t include some form of legalization to de-fund the black market means that we are actively supporting this violence.

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8 comments to How’s that drug war going?

  • kaptinemo

    A treatment center? If that doesn’t tell you just how terrified narcos are about harm reduction, what does? It also shows that any prohibs who rail against harm reduction are accessories to murder. But then, they’ve always been accessories to murder for supporting drug prohibition in the first place.

  • Nick Zentor

    I dunno. If the murderers can’t be identified, I’d suspect a black-ops scenario to fuel the drug-war propaganda-line that drugs and drug-dealers are all insane psychotics; scare-tactics to promote the usual fear and ignorance.

    Betcha a bone the drug warriors and prohibitionist pundits use this as an example for why their war should continue and leaving it in their hands is the best way to deal with it.

    IOW, another simplistic Good Guys (government) vs Bad Guys (drug-dealers) scenario which will be used to rationalize hunting and killing more drug-dealers, after which, the dumbed-down moms and pops (and little boys and girls) will continue to worship the drug-warriors as heroes. The B&W picture is always much simpler than the gray-scale or colored one.

  • paul

    They were probably trying to kill someone at the center. what gets me about these guys is that they kill EVERYONE at the scene. Why, for God’s sake? Monsters.

  • Jon Doe

    Paul: Probably just to hide the specific target, possibly to keep from tipping off other future targets.

  • Buc

    This news must mean we are getting closer to victory. When they kill 100 in a day, I will believe that victory is right around the corner.

    After all, this is what the DEA wants me to believe, yes? Violence and victory are positively correlated.

  • Cliff

    “They were probably trying to kill someone at the center. what gets me about these guys is that they kill EVERYONE at the scene. Why, for God’s sake? Monsters.”

    And that is the message they are sending, with great success, I must add. The drug cartels are sending out their shock troops to create fear and loathing for citizens and law enforcement (if one can call it that) alike. The drug cartels are criminals without the old code of La Costa Nostra, they kill everyone. If you’re in the way, too bad. The message is;

    Don’t mess with us or you will get the same!!

  • Cliff

    Plata o Plomo

  • claygooding

    And if the cartels win in Mexico,what do we do? With the decriminalization of all drugs in Mexico,instead of running the gauntlet of bringing drugs to America,how much money will they make in Juarezdam,or Cancundam? They have been making tons of money from smuggling tons of pot,but now,if they clean up their violence,they can continue making tons of money,selling joints. Next spring break will give us all a clue.