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Michelle Leonhart, Head of the DEA

“It may seem contradictory, but the unfortunate level of violence is a sign of success in the fight against drugs”

In Mexico’s brutal drug war, children are increasingly victims, innocents caught in the crossfire, shot dead alongside their parents — and intentionally targeted.

According to U.S. and Mexican experts, competing criminal groups appear to be killing children to terrorize the population or prove to rivals that their savagery is boundless, as they fight over local drug markets and billion-dollar trafficking routes to voracious consumers in the United States.

See the full article from The Washington Post here.

(with thanks to Befuzzled for the heads-up)

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Written by Peter Reynolds

April 13, 2011 at 4:06 pm

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  1. while the world, paricularily the USA moves towards recognising Marujuana as a minor problem the USA creates a problem in Mexico. Mexico has no particular drug problem outside being on a supply route and unfortunately sharing a border with the USA. The activiies of the Cartels, some like the Zeta, trained in th US, slows down the movement of tourist dollars into the Mexican economy, that’s all.
    The USA is a contaig. disenfranchised europeans content to disrupt the worlds societies for their own interests. I’m sorry that Mr Calderon has chosen to make a war on i’s own people, perhaps he will be remembered as another Sana Ana.

    Laurence Bennett

    April 13, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    • Yes I rather agree.

      Most Americans, particularly at “Street Level”, know little about what is going on outside their State, let alone America as a whole, and as for the Rest of the World; if does not affect American, it doesn’t exist.

      Note: 1

      They were only interested in stopping International Terrorism, after 9/11; despite a large number of the population funding quite openly the IRA.

      Note 2. When the UK joined the (then) EEC; by saying we had joined Europe, many Americans had thought we had actually filled in the English Channel !

      The Debt Collector

      April 13, 2011 at 4:34 pm

  2. She must have good soap to wash all that blood off her hands, she should be charged with 1st degree murder.

    Tony Ward

    April 13, 2011 at 4:31 pm

  3. This is just pure hypocrisy. An increase in murder and violence is held up as a success????!!!!!!

    This same perverted mindset of course led to the Home Office declaring that cannabis contaminated with powdered glass and other nasty substances is the great success of the war against (people who use) drugs.

    Dan

    April 13, 2011 at 4:51 pm

  4. This kind of sycophantic drivel is such a sorry state of affairs. Whatever they do they claim they are winning, no matter the cost (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-12948840). I recently saw images of Mexican drug-gang members who had been skinned alive and hearts removed then just dumped on the street as a ‘warning’. The images truly shocked me and I closed the page just seconds after seeing it. No matter how bad Alcohol or Tobacco is, when was the last time something that HORRIFIC happened over the production and distribution of these substances??!! Prohibition is worse than the drugs themselves!!!!

    Jake

    April 13, 2011 at 5:31 pm

  5. The bankers are to blame!
    How’s this for an eye opener?

    http://rt.com/programs/keiser-report/episode-136-backing-kunstler/comments/#1995

    Why isn’t this headline news?

    Carl Wagner

    April 13, 2011 at 6:34 pm

  6. Here we are again, someone else quoting a sympton of prohibition as a reason for prohibition. The DEA, and all other Governments who are anti-Cannabis are hypocrites. They’re feeding the public pure bullshit. That’s what I hate about the Politicians, and the agents of the DEA etc., they will say anything that gives a positive image about what they are doing, and they near enough get away with it!

    Luckily there’s a few, like us, and Peter, who actually understand the truth, and care to voice our fair arguments!

    Rory Saunders

    April 13, 2011 at 6:47 pm

  7. I think she’s mashed on her own supply.

    Jobs security will make people say any number is ridiculous things.

    Nick

    April 13, 2011 at 7:02 pm

  8. It is impossible to explain, let alone justify, the callousness and cynicism shown by Michele M. Leonhart, DEA Supremo. But we shouldn’t deceive ourselves. She’s not alone in uttering such opinions unashamedly. On the contrary, the idea that the more brutal the level of violence the greater the success of the war on drugs, permeates the US government from top to bottom — we shouldn’t forget that Hillary Clinton and Gil Kerlikowske themselves have expressed similar opinions in the past. One can only assume that since they are under his authority, these opinions are shared and approved by President Obama.

    There is no excuse and no place to hide. Even the most naïve and gullible person can see how hypocritical and cynical the US drug policies are: instead of dealing with the fact that the US is by far the biggest drug consumer in the world and should fight its fight in its own soil, the US puts the onus on Mexico, and other Latin American countries. Its message is loud and clear: as long as the atrocious price paid for US policies remains in foreign soil, the American society as a whole is happy to keep supporting Prohibition and the War on Drugs. As the old saying goes: hear nothing, see nothing, say nothing!

    My message for those who continue supporting Prohibition despite the violence, corruption and mayhem Prohibition has inflicted on millions and millions of citizens around the world is this: the only option left for you is to follow former Mexican president Vicente Fox recommendation when he says::

    «It is the US who has to stop the flow of drugs, not Mexico.»

    By the way, the same goes for the UK and all drug consumer countries that continue supporting Prohibition and the War on Drugs — even those countries who have depenalised or decriminalised the demand, but have done nothing to depenalise or decriminalise the supply of drugs.

    Gart Valenc
    http://www.stopthewarondrugs.org

    Gart Valenc

    April 14, 2011 at 10:02 am

  9. the more i hear from these snakes in power ,,the more i feel they are completely physcotic.Their blatant arrogance in face of the truth is deeply worrying.I dont fear the boogeyman in a cave in a desert,,i fear the real enemy who is constantly trying to tell you whats good ,bad ,moral,immoral,,,and creating the reality for you,,,these folks are very dangerous,and they’ve got the foot to the pedal right now

    martyn

    April 14, 2011 at 1:09 pm

  10. I’d be interested to know if there were any DEA quotes attributing any downward trends in violence as “a sign of success in the fight against drugs”

    Sam

    April 14, 2011 at 4:04 pm

  11. Tens of thousands of Mexicans have to die so that a few Americans can… er… what was it they were trying to achieve, exactly?

    If increased violence is success, give me failure anyday.

    chris white

    April 16, 2011 at 12:28 pm

  12. Mexico should just legalise the lot – and police their borders badly. Then let the yanks fight this drug war for themselves – then we’ll see if anyone calls violence success

    Ed

    April 22, 2011 at 7:00 pm


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