Saturday, March 13, 2010

Driving North

Mexican Highway 57 doesn't look dangerous does it? But near the Texas-Mexico border peridocally it is because the Mexican drug cartels battle each other to control routes and the Mexican government battle the cartels to try to stop the flow of drugs to the USA. About a week before we drove back to Texas, we read that the cartels had a battle in Nuevo Laredo near the zoo. If the reports are correct the battle included military assault weapons and grenades. The US Government periodically issues warnings about travel along some highways or in some Mexican cities.

Our route to the International Bridge II takes us near the zoo. So we were on high alert as we drove along the Rio Grande. We didn't see any building that looked like it had been damaged. We did see men playing golf and on the other side of the road there were baseball games in progress.

I'm not minimizing the terrible situation along the border. Too many people have lost their lives and too many people have businesses that have failed because the tourists aren't coming south. I just wonder how the majority of people who live in the cities like Nuevo Laredo, Reynosa, and Juarez can live with the stress day after day.

But there is something else that I don't understand. The cartels are battling for the routes to the US so what happens once the drugs get across the border? And they must be getting across the border or they would not be so profitable that the cartels fight about them. After they get across do they just magically move across the US? Is there little need to pay bribes, corrupt police or kill many people to protect their routes?

I'm just asking.........


Steve Cotton said...

Thanks for this post. I have been thinking about the same issue for some time now. Legalization of drugs seems such a reasonable solution to me that I am surprised our politicians have not taken it on. Of course, both parties are concerned about scaring off middle class voters. But there may be a more sinister reason, as well. The circus that is Illinois politics constantly reminds us that judges, law enforcement, and politicians are subject to bribery. And we simply know about Illinois. I suspect every state has a layer of drug-financed corruption. And that may be the reason we see no leadership on the issue. It is really sad that so many people die annually to keep the noses and veins of Americans and Canadians stimulated.

pitchertaker said...

There wouldn't be a problem if there wasn't a demand.

Leah Flinn said...

I if totally exposed to us, we would be shocked at the level of corruption that exists on both sides of the border in order to facilitate illegal drug trade. I agree with Steve - legalizing drugs is the only way to tone down the ruthless violence associated with any prohibited activity, and to expose the current corruption. The problem is too many people, from cartels to politicians, benefit from this being an illegal market. I also happen to believe the government has no business governing adults about decisions that concern their own health.