Decapitated Heads Found In Guatemala, Our Fault?
Dead, dead, and more dead.
In the US, we hear friends and family talk about the neighbor’s kid who overdosed on hard drugs. In Latin America, we read the newspaper headlines of decapitated heads, bodies dumped in the middle of the streets — usually of people connected to the drug cartels and innocent men and women who did not want to cooperate.
This morning four severed heads were found in Guatemala City — they were left in plain sight of people, at a shopping center and in front of a government building. Drug gangs are being blamed for the killings.
Also today, about 40 people were killed by drug gangs in three different Mexican cities.
In Ciudad Juarez, two drug cartels are fighting to gain control of the city’s drug corridor. Close to 6,000 people have died in the violent fire exchanges since December 2007. Innocent business men and women have also been killed for refusing to pay money to the cartels. And hundreds of young people have been recruited by drug gangs as foot soldiers.
What drives all of these killings? Drug consumption in the US. Illegal drugs are not just hurting our families, schools, and friends — they are affecting people in other countries by the thousands.
Half of the drugs being smuggled across is marijuana. Border advocates believe that if marijuana was legalized, it would be a huge blow to the cartels. In another article I wrote, it was estimated that the cash flow to the drug cartels is a whopping $10 billion annually. It’s a ludicrous business that is immune to recessions, wars, or disease.
In the US, jails are replete with drug offenders, and ironically, most of them are people of color. According to Human Rights Watch, “blacks comprise 62.7 percent and whites 36.7 percent of all drug offenders admitted to state prison.”
Blacks and Latinos are most vulnerable to getting caught up selling drugs because of their place in the economic ladder. It’s the fast way to make a buck when jobs are not available and when schools fail to engage students.
Who are the #1 drug users? Surprise, surprise: white people.
According to a survey done by the Huffington Post, “70 percent of drug users are white, 14 percent are black and 13 percent are Hispanic.”
The children of the very same politicians supporting our “war on drugs” are the ones getting high! Isn’t that an irony? Time to re-think our strategy, isn’t?
Personally, I do not support the use of drugs, even for medical purposes. But, if legalizing marijuana would help end this growing violence and reduce the number of our young people from going to jail, I would not oppose any ballot measures to legalize it and tax it.
In Los Angeles, a new city ordinance went into effect to close down 439 medical marijuana dispensaries. The city officials say that they are trying to ‘regain control’ of pot sales and that the first step is to put a halt to any pot sales.
When things like this happen, it is good news to drug cartels. The ‘drug cartel stock market’ gets bully, which means, more drug smuggling due to increased demand, and more dead people across the board.
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