This is depressing as hell…
According to U.S. and Mexican experts, competing criminal groups appear to be killing children to terrorize the population or prove to rivals that their savagery is boundless, as they fight over local drug markets and billion-dollar trafficking routes to voracious consumers in the United States.
â€œIt worries us very much, this growth in the attacks on little children. They use them as a vehicle to send a message,â€ said Juan Martin Perez, director of the Child Rights Network in Mexico. â€œDecapitations and hanging bodies from bridges send a message. Killing children is an extension of this trend.â€
The childrenâ€™s rights group estimates that 994 people younger than 18 were killed in drug-related violence between late 2006 and late 2010, based on media accounts, which are incomplete because newspapers are often too intimidated to report drug-related crimes. […]
In February, assassins went hunting for a Ciudad Juarez man, but the intended target wasnâ€™t home, so they killed his three daughters instead, ages 12, 14 and 15.
In March, a young woman was bound and gagged, shot and left in a car in Acapulco. Her 4-year-old daughter lay slumped beside her, killed with a single bullet to her chest. She was the fifth child killed in drug violence in the resort city in one bloody week.
â€œThey kill children on purpose,â€ said Marcela Turati, author of â€œCrossfire,â€ a new book on the killings of civilians in Mexicoâ€™s drug war. â€œIn Juarez, they told a 7-year-old boy to run, and shot his father. Then they shot the little boy.â€
This is sick.
Those who do this should be hunted down like dogs. And make no mistake about it, the blame for killing children falls squarely on those who do the killing and order the killing.
Yet we are not, by any means, blameless. This is a knowable, predictable, and inevitable consequence of the ratcheting up of our drug war.
Take a look at Effect of drug law enforcement on drug market violence: A systematic review – in the International Journal of Drug Policy
The conclusion, while walking a cautious line, is still crystal clear.
Based on the available English language scientific evidence, the results of this systematic review suggest that an increase in drug law enforcement interventions to disrupt drug markets is unlikely to reduce drug market violence. Instead, from an evidence-based public policy perspective and based on several decades of available data, the existing scientific evidence suggests drug law enforcement contributes to gun violence and high homicide rates and that increasingly sophisticated methods of disrupting organizations involved in drug distribution could paradoxically increase violence.
That’s right. The harder we push with the drug war, the more survival benefit there is to those criminals who are ruthless, and are willing to terrorize, bribe and kill wantonly to keep their power (remember we’re not using the carrot and stick which would do the opposite).
This is elementary. Calderone’s war, pushed by the U.S. is unable to actually accomplish anything positive (due to the laws of economics), but is without a doubt resulting in lots of dead children.
This is obvious. Surely this can be a wake-up call to change failed policy.
After all, what kind of sick, soulless creature could possibly look at this and see something positive? Seriously.
U.S. and Mexican officials say the grotesque violence is a symptom the cartels have been wounded by police and soldiers. â€œIt may seem contradictory, but the unfortunate level of violence is a sign of success in the fight against drugs,â€ said Michele Leonhart, head of the Drug Enforcement Administration.
For that 7-year-old boy.