Suspected drug carter thugs showed open defiance of the Mexican government by throwing two grenades into crowds celebrating the nation’s Independence Day. Two military fragmentation grenades exploded simultaneously about 500 metres apart in the city of Morelia’s main plaza as people were dancing and singing. President Felipe Calderon acted quickly by urging citizens in a televised address not to be afraid. “These illegal acts were clearly attacking our national security, committed by true traitors who have no respect for others or the country.” Drug cartels are responding to the president’s campaign against them which has involved 25,000 troops who are attempting to regain control of their nation.
The attacks came only days after 24 bodies were found bound and killed in execution-style in a rural area outside of Mexico City. Unfortunately, an poorly-paid police force which lacks the firepower of drug lord thugs is simply either unwilling or unable to confront criminals. At the heart of this conflict is the decision by the United States to make possession or sale of drugs to be a crime. What would happen if drugs were legalized and sold under government supervision? Would drug lords continue being drug lords? Would death and destruction be reduced. Certainly, it would allow 700,000 people to leave American jails and escape the school for crime that is known as “prison” in the United States.