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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Saturday, February 19, 2011, 08:52 (3903 days ago) @ michoacan

I do not understand how making drugs legal is going to stop sicarios from collecting protection money from residents and business owners.... People who blame presidente Calderon for the troubles do not understand that because of how gangs operate drogistas are the least of their problems. Sicarios who kill for a car are all over Mexico.

You're missing the big picture. Since Presidente Calderón launched the U.S. proxy war on drugs in Mexico it has tied up resources that could have been put to other much better uses. Mexicans have clamored for one major issue for the past couple of decades or so: la seguridad. But la seguridad has worsened in every aspect because resources are being wasted on narcos. Fighting narcos is the wrong strategy and has only resulted in all crime statistics going up. Remove the banned substances from the equation and take away some of their power and Mexico will have a much better chance of dealing with the organized crime gangs who will be greatly weakened by the loss of narco dinero. Of course making narcos into respectable businessmen in some instances could be another beneficial by-product, since it is not the laws of economics that make them criminals but outdated and failed laws of government.

Narco violence has increased proportionately as their business has been disrupted and they must fight over routes and territories again and again. In other words, the failed war on drugs policy causes the very things it says it wishes to avoid: more chaos, violence and corruption. This was a lesson most US police departments learned decades ago when they used to go after users and street dealers, so they changed their tactics instead of wasting resources, though they are still wasting billions of dollars over a failed policy of fighting some pseudo-moral crusade instead of treating the problem as a health issue like alcoholism.

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