By "Radical" Russ Belville on February 13, 2011
Apparently the lesson our policymakers learned from Al Capone and the Alcohol Prohibition era isn’t that prohibition always causes violence, never stops drug use, greatly enriches sociopaths, frequently corrupts police, and indiscriminately kills innocents, so like alcohol, we should realize we can’t successfully prohibit drugs.
Nope. The lesson they seemed to have learned is to make sure that all happens somewhere else. Outsourcing.
The problem for the prohibitionists with the NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) attitude is that Mexico is, in fact, our back yard. As we respond with more “assistance” (guns and ammo and armor and surveillance) for Mexico, we will not defeat the drug suppliers. Like overuse of antibiotics, we’ll just ensure the ones that survive are smarter, faster, stronger, and increasingly more violent.
And they will spread. It won’t be grenades in go-go bars in Guadalajara. It will be Glendale. It will be American young people dancing at a disco. Will Americans finally give up this addiction to prohibition when it’s six dead and thirty-seven wounded Arizona State students blown up by a drug soldier?
We’ve been calling it a War on Drugs for so long that Drugs went and got themselves an army, as well-armed as any army out there. Ending prohibition – signing the peace accords in the War on Drugs – is the only real solution.
(Huffington Post) GUADALAJARA, Mexico — Armed men opened fire and hurled a grenade into a crowded nightclub early Saturday, killing six people and wounding at least 37 in a western city whose former tranquility has been shattered by escalating battles among drug cartels.
The attack in Mexico’s second-largest municipality took place just hours after a shootout between soldiers and presumed cartel gunmen left eight people, including an innocent driver, dead in the northeastern city of Monterrey. Monterrey is Mexico’s third-largest city.
In the Guadalajara attack, assailants in a Jeep Cherokee and a taxi drove up to the Butter Club, located in a bar and restaurant district popular with young people, and sprayed it with bullets.
Some of the men then got out of the taxi and threw a grenade into the nightclub entrance, said a police official, who spoke to news media at the scene and left without giving his name. The gunmen fled after the pre-dawn attack, he said.