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NPT: Troncoso on Phelps, decapitations and the Drug War

Sergio Troncoso on the Drug War: Recently my parents in El Paso, Texas called me and recounted another series of decapitations in Juárez, Mexico, their hometown, a place that has become a no-man’s land of murder and mayhem. Drug cartels battle the Mexican government mano-a-mano, with thousands dead. Meanwhile, Michael Phelps is pictured inhaling from a bong in South Carolina, Whoopi Goldberg proudly admits, to audience cheers, that she has smoked weed and demands that we leave Phelps alone, and the Daily Show’s Jon Stewart jokes repeatedly about bongs and marijuana, making it oh-so-cool to light up. I wonder if anyone will ever connect the dots.

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Written by newspapertreeelpaso

February 10, 2009 at 10:20 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Sergio, you have every right to critize people using drugs; provided you can offer an alternative. There is no good solution to America’s voracious appetite for drugs, only bad choices. One thing is certain: America’s continued prohibition harms more and solves nothing. We can continue to build prisons, and we can continue to fund drug cartels, or we can look at alternative solutions (Gasp! Legalization of drugs!), such as decriminalization. Illegal drug users fund drug syndicates because of Governmental Policies, not because they want to fund them.

    Jim

    February 10, 2009 at 2:46 pm

  2. Thank you for writing this. This is the kind of thing I have been trying to instill in my children, that for every action there is a reaction. My children are 15, 12 and 7 and I feel now more than ever is the time to have them understand. We have discussed this very subject time and time again, that without the United States varocious appetite for drugs there would be no drug war. I too wonder when will we take responsiblity for our part in this situation, until then I feel nothing will really change.

    Luci

    February 10, 2009 at 3:59 pm

  3. Thank you Sergio,
    you are absolutely right. While ex-President Bush was
    busy sending millions of dollars monthly to fight the war in Iraq the US was lending a blind eye to the drug war in Mexico, our next door neighbor. It is the drug culture in the US that feeds the hungry monster that exists in Mexico and is threatening to make its way into US cities. There are many good people in Mexico that want their country back, the US and Mexico must work together to find the solution that will make Mexico and the US safe again.

    Maria

    March 9, 2009 at 3:29 pm

  4. Legalize drugs. Those people who choose to buy the legalized drugs, should be responsible for their own actions. Put the drug dealers out of business. No more pushers, less users……

    salceda

    March 11, 2009 at 1:53 pm


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