The American public and its political leaders continue discusing the war in Iraq and the need to resolve that conflict. Even as Bush, and McCain and Obama and Clinton devote enormous time and energy to wars in the Middle East and in Afghanistan, another war is raging on the borders of the United States. The American fascination with cocaine is among the most destructive addictions in the history of humankind. It has spawned gangs and cartel leaders and murderers who roam Latin America and our Mexican neighbors killing and destroying the very foundations of society.
Mexican President Felipe Calderon has pledged to confront drug lords, but his initial steps have not resulted in positive results. Armed conflict rages in Mexican cities as gangsters confront police who are outgunned and, in many cases, outmanned by thugs who intend to plunge Mexico into chaos. One can travel anywhere in the nation and purchase cocaine or guns or even grenades with relative ease. In the state of Chihuahua, drug gangsters in one town placed placards containing the names of police who they intended to kill. No one dared cut down the placards and so far at least 17 names on the list are dead.
Isn’t it time for Americans to rethink its drug policies which don’t have the scantest piece of evidence to be successful.