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Thursday, July 17, 2014

If you like the Sky-High Murder Rate in Latin America, Thank the War On Drugs

Honduras now has the world's highest murder rate.  Mexico and a few Central American countries are close behind.   And why has so much of Latin America turned into a giant killing field?  You can thank America's War On (some) Drugs.

Every demagogue who whipped up mass hysteria against marijuana in the 1930s — and every politician since then who's kept the country riled up and paranoid about DRUGS!!! — Congratulations!  I hope you're proud of the thousands of people you've killed and the millions of lives you've ruined.

The most recent symptom of America's War On Some Drugs is the flood of child refugees pouring over our border.  Most of the people who are so twisted out of shape over these refugees — unable to put two and two together — probably still think we need to crack down on drugs!

From the linked article:

First, by prohibiting any sort of legitimate drug production in the United States, we place all the immense profits from the drug trade directly into the hands of criminals in Latin America. Drugs are cheap to produce, and many policy regimes, from full legalization to some sort of government monopoly disbursing drugs to certified addicts, would cut off the cartels at the knees.

Second, and perhaps more important with respect to gang violence in Latin America, we've aggressively pushed for a highly militarized approach to drug policy throughout the world. U.S. drug policy is all about exporting our drug war, pushing other nations to spray drug farms with herbicide, capture or kill cartel leaders, and worst of all, fight the cartels with the military...toppling one cartel merely increases the violence as smaller gangs fight for freed-up territory, or move to a neighboring country.

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6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The reason they are coming here is because Obama and the democrats sent them a message.

Talk about the war on drugs

July 18, 2014 at 8:54 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Sent them a message? Was it in a bottle?

I'm aware other countries have stricter drug laws than us, but the U.S. got all this global drug hysteria started in the early 1900s; other countries just followed our "lead."

July 18, 2014 at 10:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you would be surprised how fast word travels

July 18, 2014 at 1:04 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

It's well past time to legalize pot, and to let those who grow it turn it into a cash crop, whether it's private growers or the government. Conservatives are all about making money, so how about letting more people make more money, and keeping the money here in the US.

Talk of Obama and the Democrats encouraging illegal immigrants to come to the US is fear-driven, pure and simple... especially with the current wave of kids, most of whom are too young to vote anyway. Such complaining is the sound of a certain dying ideology that is in a state of panic because it feels backed into a corner. Once a party gets into that position, then nearly everything feels to them like persecution or like it's a "government plot", and they look for people or other ideologies to demonize. The more freaked out they get, the more extreme their positions become and the crazier they sound... and the more people move away from their point of view.

July 20, 2014 at 9:00 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Snave: I agree, it needs to be legalized and turned into a cash crop. You'd think conservatives would be in favor of this, with their constant slogans about "limited government" and "creating jobs."

I think even Fox News has been lashing out at some of the most extreme rightwing hatred and paranoia over these child immigrants. You're right that they're too young to vote, so the Right can't accuse Obama of just trying to bring in thousands of new Democratic voters.

July 21, 2014 at 11:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thay aren't old enough to vote.....yet,but some will be very soon as there are many teenagers as well even though the media likes to only show the little ones

July 21, 2014 at 4:01 PM  

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