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War on Drugs: Canada, USA, Mexico

FRED RYAN
Posted 01.13.11

SHAWVILLE, QUEBEC | Canada's Foreign Minister, Lawrence Cannon, recently brought the foreign ministers of the US and Mexico to Wakefield, Quebec, to talk tough about drugs. There's no other topic close to that subject for the three nations, even Haiti.

The drug wars in Mexico are in danger of being lost, a Wikileaks document reveals a Mexican official admitting; there could soon be "autonomous areas" where the army doesn't go -- all within walking distance.

"Autonomous areas" -- sound familiar?

Isn't that when Bin Laden is said to have his headquarters? If extremists of any sort teamed up with the Mexican cartels, where would we be? If the cartels themselves decided to grab at power and its wealth, where would we be? Those are surely on Mr. Cannon's agenda.

What is most interesting is the Mexican response. According to our sources, it is this: the drug-based warfare from El Salvador to Juarez to Chicago to Toronto is one war, and it is a war entirely of America's making.

If America did not demand those tons of cocaine and weed, the minister explained, there would be no war. Want to stop the war, the Mexican minister asks? Get rid of your addiction.

Our sources don't reveal what Secretary Clinton had to say.

When the Mexican Foreign Minister added that until the war is ended, and since it's US-caused, the USA should be fighting it, or, best of all, paying for the fight.

These are shocking words, given their probable astronomical cost, but it was language Ms. Clinton could understand. The trillion dollar wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have set a precedent. How much do you need? Tell me, and then we'll bargain.

We'll strike a deal that neither solves the war nor lets it go crazier, er, maybe crazier, but not closer. Not closer than the Rio Grande.

And that'll be the deal. My grandkids will be afraid to travel south to the Light of this Continent, where great civilizations grew and fell. Some deal that is.

If this violence is due to bad luck, or randomness, well, maybe there's nothing to do. But if it is done with some sort of long-range plan or objective, then we had better start looking around with our eyes wide.

At the moment, who seems to benefit? Arms makers and vendors, the security industry, police budgets, prison economics, motor cycle gangs, the Mafia, plenty of newcomer thugs (maybe even Mexicans). Who else? Is a plan made by these interests going to take us anywhere other than hell?

Should we call Minister Cannon and his guests back to Wakefield?

Should we just get ready for next Christmas, and say "Aw, whatever?"

What should we do?




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