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Mexican Cartels Violently Beat and Kill Female Mayor

OldMexicanblog Wrote: Nov 28, 2012 10:35 AM
-- Legalizing drugs in the U.S. will not stop the violence in Mexico. -- This is the same kind of mentality that permeated among Prohibitionists in the 30's. And they were totally, pathetically wrong, not only because of statistics but because it makes no logical sense. If you have a source of revenue that comes from a criminalized (but not evil per se) activity, and because of its illegality you cannot go to courts to settle contractual disagreements, then you will have turf wars and violence. When you TAKE AWAY that source of income, then the raison d'etre for the violence disappears. Why would one RISK violence when the returns for that risk are NOT THERE ANYMORE? Only fools think otherwise.
Plum_Village Wrote: Nov 28, 2012 10:38 AM
The Cartels are also involved in Human Trafficking. But this is why I've always thought the US should do something, either legalize or heavily punish any drug pushers and users in the US, the latter might not work too well. At least legalize Marijuana.
OldMexicanblog Wrote: Nov 28, 2012 10:43 AM
Re: Plum_Village,
-- The Cartels are also involved in Human Trafficking. --

That may be so but such crimes (which are real crimes with real victims) cannot be stemmed when all the resources are being wasted on the war against personal liberties. That war SUCKS RESOURCES like a black hole, because you will never ever stop consumption. But human trafficking, extortion rackets and kidnapping can be stopped when resources are released to focus on those crimes.

Basic economics: You cannot use scarce resources for two different things at the same time; you have to make a choice.
nawlins72 Wrote: Nov 28, 2012 10:48 AM
"The Cartels are also involved in Human Trafficking."

Not likely a major revenue producer in comparison to drug trafficking.

As our focus continues to be on the violence in the Middle East, it is also important to pay attention to what is going on just south of our own border in Mexico. The war between the Mexican government and drug cartels is still raging with the war's latest victim being female Mayor Maria Santos Gorrostieta, who was beaten, burned, tortured and dumped for dead on the side of the road. Before being killed, Gorrostieta had been attacked twice by cartels for daring to challenge them. The third attack they waged on her, was her last.

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