For Immediate Release
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167
Mexico and the 'War on Drugs'
JOHN GIBLER This
week, Gibler is going back and forth between El Paso and Juarez,
Mexico. He is author of the new book "Mexico Unconquered: Chronicles of
Power and Revolt." Gibler said today: "As the violence related to drug
trafficking plagues Mexico, the United States government still refuses
to acknowledge the failure of the so-called 'war on drugs' and to
initiate a real change in U.S. drug policy.
"The U.S. government refuses to acknowledge the violence and
corruption within its own borders and instead hopes to give hundreds of
millions of dollars to weapons contractors to further militarize the
border and aid the Mexican military and police forces that have been
found time and time again to support one or the other cartels battling
over territory and trafficking routes in Mexico.
"The untouchable issues in the United States continue to be
legalization and regulation. In 2006, the Mexican congress tried to
regulate small possession of many now-illegal plants and substances in
order to stop the explosion of killings generated by black market
trade, but then-President Vicente Fox quashed the bill after the Bush
administration condemned the progressive initiative. Even the Economist
magazine and a coalition of former presidents from Brazil, Colombia and
Mexico have made various proposals for legalization.
"The issue is not of violence 'spilling over' from Mexico to the
United States, but of the deeply transnational violence that will
always accompany a multi-billion dollar illegal industry with
entrenched networks both within and beyond national governments.
"If the current administration advertises change one can believe
in, they would change the entire paradigm of the drug war and address
both its economic reality and its social roots through regulation,
decriminalization, and treatment."
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