In DC, the war on drugs has traditionally been a moral issue. Drugs (even marijuana) are very bad, you see, and therefore are illegal, or perhaps they are bad because they are illegal, ergo, anyone who uses or sells drugs must be a bad person. It is therefore our moral duty to stop the drug dealers (and users, when it’s convenient.) The battle will never end because we never run out of villains. Still, we keep fighting, because they are villains and therefore we must fight them, as in any good comic book.
Major seizure In Cali
The 30 tons seized was not “a mom-and-pops operation,” but “obviously the work of the cartels,” said John Morton, director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Morton did not immediately identify which drug enterprise might be responsible for the tummel and subsequent trafficking, but said during a Wednesday press conference that “I can promise you there are some very unhappy people in the cartel.”
Cartel Leader Killed In Mexico
Meanwhile, just across the frontier from Brownsville, Texas, a gun battle ensued, and lasted until late afternoon. Terrified locals hid in their homes and offices waiting for things to calm down, some furiously tweeting warnings to stay away from the area. A final battle started around 3.30pm after the authorities tracked the capo down to one of his many safe houses, according to a navy statement. It lasted for over two hours and involved navy special forces, three helicopters, 17 vehicles and 660 support troops. In everyday government activities in pockets of Mexico, drug cartels are beginning to interfere. They are interrupting some of the country’s most basic services, deliveries of gasoline, pension checks, farm aid and other services to rural areas, where they keep victims and weapons.
President Barack Obama
On Saturday, President Barack Obama called Mexican leader Felipe Calderon “to reaffirm United States support for Mexico’s efforts to end the impunity of organized criminal groups,” according to White house spokespersons. He also expressed his condolences according to the White House statement for the Mexican troops and the reporter killed in the shootouts.
By Diana Perkins
November 7, 2010
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