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Whose problem is the Mexican Drug War?

Asked by dawicker104 (13points) September 3rd, 2010

The news is filled with reports from Mexico of drug cartels murdering scores of innocent people, assassinating government officials or holding entire towns captive in fear of open warfare against the military and police. The violence is so common that we in America are numb to it.

We rationalize and blame it all on corrupt police, evil drug lords and of course we remind ourselves that this is America and nothing like this would ever happen. We take comfort in that. We, after all, are the good people. We do not accept any measure of responsibility that our hunger for illegal drugs is Mexico’s biggest headache.

Our drug problem is different, or so we think. We watch television and see that Paris Hilton has been arrested, again, and charged with cocaine possession. We express our concern and reason that she must be very foolish and arrogant to think that she can get away with her habit.

We do not think about the fact that her appetite for drugs, and that of countless thousands of people with too much money to spend, is what fuels the drug lords and keeps this disgusting, inhuman enterprise thriving. We do not think that the teenager who scores some pot today is the one who will develop an addiction to heroin tomorrow. We do not think that the mothers and fathers who turn a blind eye to their children’s “experimentation” is actually a parallel action to pulling the trigger in the mass murder at Tamaulipas in northern Mexico.

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Neutral's avatar

The answer is in your question. Mexican drug war.

El_Cadejo's avatar

I agree. Mexicos. But there is a very easy solution. If the government legalized and taxed drugs then it would take all the income away from these evil drug lords while making the government money.

Winters's avatar

Currently it’s Mexico’s problem. But as some of those conflicts between drug lords get closer and closer to the border, who knows? We might give them our input as well. And by input, I’m hoping for a shitload of lead raining down on those assholes.

blah_blah's avatar

I’m with Uber. Legalize the shit and tax it.

Use the taxes for rehab clinics and use the taxes the people working in rehab clinics pay for wars. That should appease Democrats and Republicans.

YARNLADY's avatar

I have always thought the end user was the cause of all the drug problems.

iamthemob's avatar


I feel like this is the one situation where the consumer is not the cause of all the problems – or at least, is not at least partially responsible.

Drug users I think, in the end, are the least culpable in this context. If there were a legal method for distribution and sale, it would not occur on the black market. If the black market is the main arena of production and consumption, it is controlled inevitably by the most vicious parties with the least concern.

iamthemob's avatar

I think that because the U.S. – Mexico border is essentially invisible in terms of the drug market, it is as much our responsibility as theirs. This is why there has been a call for U.S. cooperation in this context.

I admire the passion in the phrasing of this question. I don’t think that the parent/child example is the best, however. Unfortunately, because drug use is a crime, the stigma surrounding it is enhanced. Nobody, I think, should be proud of their drug use. Nobody should be proud of drinking. However, if you make it that it’s not only potentially shameful but also frightening to talk about or admit, discuss openly and honestly, you can’t get the communication that you want to make sure we’re all making the healthiest decisions.

woodcutter's avatar

it’s Mexico’s. Their president wants American gun owners to sacrifice some of our guns so the violence might slow down, yeah right. And wants us to accept all his citizens that want to live here. He should do some serious house cleaning down there before he starts giving us tips on how to behave.

iamthemob's avatar


Of course. Even though it’s American consumers that actually fund and provide the incentives for the black market industry that is the arena for all the violence. We can’t be responsible at all as long as it’s down there.

Frenchfry's avatar

It Mexico’s and our problem because it leaks over the border or sneaks over the border, however you put it. If we had a more secure border it would lessen. I would think.

iamthemob's avatar


We can’t evade our responsibility for problems caused by a market we fund with American dollars by building a wall to keep their violence out. That’s similar to spilling a bunch of toxic waste just over the border and then sealing it up and pretending it’s just their problem.

woodcutter's avatar

There is so much corruption in too many areas of Mexico. Until that changes there is little chance of positive change, same as in the US although to a lesser degree.

wundayatta's avatar

The causes of this problem are very complex—on both sides of the border. In Mexico, the economy has not been able to support the population. They don’t pay their officials enough. So it is easy for officials to become corrupt. They need ways to earn more money, and the drug trade makes that easy for them.

The drug producers and shippers work on both sides of the border. Financing of the drug trade happens on both sides of the border. Consumption happens mostly over in the US. WIthout consumption, there would be no need for a product. Without the illegality, there would be no need for armies to protect the product from the government. On both sides of the border.

It’s both nation’s problem. The drug violence is just a part of a much larger problem. And of course none of this is made any better by the fact that making something illegal is probably the least effective way of stopping the behavior.

In the end, only education will help—both with reducing demand and with changing the way supply is supplied. In the end education is what the Mexicans need, so they can make money doing things other than illegal labor. Education will also help reduce the corruption of public officials.

Drugs need to be decriminalized (as opposed to legalized). They need to be taxed and the tax money should support efforts to discourage use and to care for those hurt by the drugs—in a campaign similar to that against cigarette smoking.

And on the Mexican side, they need to create alternatives to crime. They need to find ways to improve the economy and the job situation. They need to become less dependent on the US.

Together, it may be possible to do something, but fighting with each other over who is responsible is surely one of the best ways of making sure nothing gets done.

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