Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Where's Lou Dobbs when you need him? Debate over Mexico has now turned to negative influence of Americans and their huge hunger for drugs
After hearing from CNN's Lou Dobbs for years as to how bad Mexico and Mexicans have been to the United States, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today stated strongly that troubles plauging our Southern neighbor are the fault of Americans.
Drug violence has turned Mexico's streets into killing fields. The cartels have all the money because the American appetite for illegal drugs continues to grow in coping with hard economic times. And the druglords then buy weapons from American gun dealers with American money to kill Mexican police and army soldiers.
Mexican citizens are finding the heads of murdered authorities in their schoolyards and town squares to intimidate the public from cooperating with authorities. So you might guess that Mexican popular opinion concerning this nation is not high. They can't understand why Americans need so much illegal drugs.
Here the bottom line to this situation: Growing discord in Mexico means danger for this nation in stopping terrorists threats from coming up from South of the border.
Injustice has always had a way of changing minds and the traditional positive image American has enjoyed among Mexican citizens.
The New York Times reports:
MEXICO CITY — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived here Wednesday with the clearest acknowledgment yet from a senior Obama administration official of the role the United States plays in the violent drug trade racking Mexico.
“Our insatiable demand for illegal drugs fuels the drug trade,” she said, using unusually blunt language. “Our inability to prevent weapons from being illegally smuggled across the border to arm these criminals causes the deaths of police officers, soldiers and civilians.”
Since last year, drug-related killings and battles between law enforcement authorities and the cartels have resulted in more than 7,200 deaths in Mexico, and raised doubts about the country’s stability. The violence has begun spilling across the border.
Senior officials said Mrs. Clinton would press the Mexican president, Felipe Calderon, to redouble his government’s effort to root out corruption in the police force and the courts.
“His commitment to the struggle for security and judicial reform, and the other elements of his agenda, to deal with lawlessness in Mexico, is full-speed-ahead,” she said. “I’m very impressed with his attention to these problems.”