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The vast ability of our drug war to corrupt and destroy

Mexico…

It’s hard to even pay attention any more… the continuing reports from Mexico of destruction start to numb a person.

bullet image Mexican Singer Vega Shot Dead in Car

Hours later, on the way to his concert, [Sergio] Vega was gunned down by the Sinaloa cartel. Gang members opened fire on Vega’s red Cadillac, which caused him to lose control of the car. According to the newspaper El Debate, the gunmen “finished [Vega] off” with shots to the head and chest.

According to BBC, musicians who focus on the drug issues in Mexico have become targets for the violent drug gangs. In the past three years, at least seven musicians have suffered similar fates as Vega.

bullet image How Wachovia And Major U.S. Banks Have Spent The Past Four Years Helping Mexican Drug Cartels

Back in March, Wachovia struck a deal with Federal prosecutors under which the bank admitted it didn’t do enough to prevent money-laundering between criminal organizations, in which illicit funds transferred flew past the $300 billion mark. Now Wachovia faces charges from the Department of Justice over violating the Bank Secrecy Act – a first for the bulge bracket of large U.S. banks.

Similarly, traffickers used accounts at Bank of America to purchase three planes that ended up smuggling 10 tons of cocaine. “Federal agents caught people who work for Mexican cartels depositing illicit funds in Bank of America accounts in Atlanta, Chicago and Brownsville, Texas, from 2002 to 2009,” says the article.

bullet image Killing Escalates Mexico Drug War

A leading Mexican gubernatorial candidate was killed early Monday in a state bordering Texas, in the highest-level assassination of a politician here since President Felipe Calderón declared war on drug cartels in 2006.

The killing of Rodolfo Torre, who was seen as a shoo-in for governor in Tamaulipas, represents an escalation of the drug traffickers’ war against the Mexican state.

bullet image We’ve gotten so numb, that we even forget about incidents such as this one

When he first learned about what Juarenses have come to call the “massacre at Villas de Salvarcar,” Calderón hinted that the thirteen teenagers who died at the hands of professional executioners were common criminals and city low life. He could not have been more wrong. In fact they were honor students and athletes who had gathered to celebrate a friend’s seventeenth birthday. They had the misfortune of belonging to a football club whose initials, “AA,” were mistaken for the initials of the Sinaloa cartel’s local enforcers, the Artistic Assassins. And so, in the middle of the night, while the teens danced in a room cleared of furniture, they were gunned down. Seven hours later, when the first daylight photos were taken, the concrete floor where they died still glistened with their clotting blood.

And so it continues, day after day, while venal drug warriors, who care about nothing but their own gravy train, tell us soberly that the violence is a sign that we’re winning, and that we must continue to countenance and even fuel this destruction and corruption.

Why? Merely to avoid the remote possibility that a few extra people may voluntarily get stoned and eat Doritos.

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10 comments to The vast ability of our drug war to corrupt and destroy

  • Cannabis

    But, we’re winning. We’ve invested too much to give up now. Etc.

  • Ed Dunkle

    Calderon’s term ends in about two and a half years. Does anybody know how much his presidency is hurting his party, the Partido Acción Nacional? Or is this helping somehow, just like how everybody loved Reagan in this country after his hard line stance supporting black market creation?

    War is Peace, right?

  • Servetus

    Winston Churchill called Prohibition “an affront to the whole history of mankind.” Some things never change.

  • Brawndo

    That is terrible those people died but we have alphabet soup agencies that need to justify their existence. Our 40 year war on drugs is a stark raving success! Drugs are hard to find, the quality is low and the price is high.

  • Nz

    I would strongly suspect that those musicians were not killed by drug cartels, but by some kind of government black-ops. I know most people have huge doubts, due to the lack of evidence, but such things as secret government death squads have been in the habit of killing people and blaming the enemy for decades. It’s basic to black ops and PSYOPS because it makes the enemy of the ruling-class look like the very worst kind of uncivilized barbarians.

    Absolute power corrupts absolutely, and one thing any ruling-class government has when there is no oversight is absolute power. They do it because they can, and no one is the wiser for it.

  • Nz

    After all, seriously, how does killing musicians help their image?

  • Dante

    “And so it continues, day after day, while venal drug warriors, who care about nothing but their own gravy train, tell us soberly that the violence is a sign that we’re winning, and that we must continue to countenance and even fuel this destruction and corruption.

    Why? Merely to avoid the remote possibility that a few extra people may voluntarily get stoned and eat Doritos.”

    There is another reason why this madness continues: power.

    The Drug War is an excuse, a ruse. Our government wants the ability to control people, to have unquestioned power, the moral high-ground. The Drug War gives them that. At least, it used to, and they won’t let that go easily.

  • wait ’til you see what happens in the war on obesity

  • I doubt that Mexico’s fraudulently-elected president, Calderon, will miss Sergio.
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