A Mexican teacher's heroics begs questioning of US drug policy...

martha-rivera-alanis-awardA Mexican kindergarten teacher is being praised by the world for her tremendous courage in the keeping of her fifteen youngsters calm while a gunfight between rival drug cartels was taking place about a block from her classroom.

Martha Rivera Alanis, a nursery school teacher in Monterrey, Mexico, calmly led her class through the mind calming hits of Barney, the purple dinosaur, when a gun fight broke out at a bus stop near by the school Rivera teaches at on May 24th, 2011.

Check it out (as well as a report by the AP):



How is this fucking sane???

Kinder01-766568Exactly how much longer do we need to hear about poor Mexicans having to live in the midst of out and out war before we, the United States start noticing that we are as much a root of the problem south of the border as the Mexican officials are…

I know that as Americans it is against every ounce of our upbringing to ever admit we might have fucked the world up, but as we watch the nation of Mexico slowly become swallowed up by a multi-headed civil war, perhaps we should take a moment or two to see where we might have had something to do with this insanity.

Namely, our drug policy…

Here me out:

drug-war-artAbout sixty, seventy years ago- in America- our city streets ran red with innocent blood, our government offices were riddled with corruption, and our little people got caught in the crossfire as organized crime all but took over towns thanks to the millions of dollars they were able to make with the illegal importation and distribution of contraband alcohol made illegal in the United States thanks to Prohibition.

Needless to say, our government eventually got tired of shooting at Guidos and rethought their position on the sale and distribution of alcohol.

Now it’s a top revenue source for the Federal and state governments.

If it worked with booze in America then why not with pot with the Mexicans?

We see Mexico unraveling under the strains of fighting organized criminal elements capable of raising armies comparable to those the nation of Mexico could conscript for themselves; The Government simply incapable of keeping up with the cartels in the arms race currently going on in the streets of Mexican border towns with only a third world tax base to draw from (as opposed to the billiokn dollar war chest the cartels have to draw from)...

If only the nation was able to tax these cartels- essentially just a commodity based business much like coffee that needs to employ a standing army in order to function- for the sale of their product (of which marijuana makes up as much as 85% of their business)…

A product that their neighbor to the north seems to demand in a seemingly endless parade…

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A demand so lucrative it is worth the Cartels staging an armed insurrection in order to keep a government out of thier business... A government whose policy towards the drug and it’s sale/usage is directly linked to the billions and billions our government is intending to send over to Mexico to make sure they see things our way in such matters …

For a nation to be able to tax what is being guestimated to be a hundred billion dollar a year business could be a good thing for the traditionally poor nation of Mexico…

drug-warBut because the American government could never allow its closest neighbor to operate autonomously of Washington… allow a people without such a cultural and social stigma attached to marijuana to treat it as the commodity it is as opposed to an outlaw plant that serves for little more than as a source for municipal fines… It remains illegal and subject to a costly “war on drugs” (not just in money but in the irreplaceable innocent blood shed mexican-drug-wardaily as bystanders are routinely drawn into the crossfire) being fought solely at the behest of Washington and only for the hundreds of millions that Washington will funnel into these foreign governments (truthfully the money is given to the nations with every intention of seeing it reach the good yet simple people of whatever third world hellhole we are currently discussing.  It is when the money reaches the usually less than honest juntas that seem to always run the Central and South American nations.)

Just something to think about…

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