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NPT Drug War: Calderon: “Corruption on the part of the American authorities”

Ouch! From Agence France-Presse: “The main cause of the problems associated with organized crime is having the world’s biggest consumer next to us,” Mexican President Felipe Calderon said in an interview with AFP.

“Drug trafficking in the United States is fueled by the phenomenon of corruption on the part of the American authorities,” he said, calling on US President Barack Obama to step up the fight against drugs in his own country. [link] 06

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

March 6, 2009 at 12:14 pm

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  1. Amazing that he would make that statement in the French press.

    Now the Mexican cartels are victims and should not be held accountable for all the crimes and atrocities THEY have committed against the Mexican people.

    The American people while guilty of being buyers and users and selling weapons to the Mexican cartel, are not responsible for the MANY years of crime and corruption by the Mexican government.

    I suppose if we accepted his premise, we could hold the Mexican people responsible for creating the illegal weapons market. Maybe it is also Amercican auto owners’ fault for creating a car theft market, because we have cars.

    There is plenty of blame to go around on both sides of the border but to point the finger at the American people is insanity. A total disregard for what are the real causes of the problem, poverty, corruption, poor economy, no leadership, poor education, nacro-terrorism, etc.

    This was nothing more than an attempt to refocus the Mexican peoples’ attention away from the real problems. Isnt this a play from the failed governments handbook. When unable to govern, simply blame a group, in our case, the American people, It’s called redirecting the anger.

    Mr President, you and your government owe the United States an apology and commit to resolving all of your failures for the sake of the Mexican people. I am sensitive to the crimes in Juarez as I still have family there and throughout Mexico but I nor they place blame soley on the American people. As the saying goes, it takes two to dance. The American and Mexican criminals.


    March 6, 2009 at 2:23 pm

  2. “Mal de otros; consuelo de tontos.” That is a popular Spanish
    saying which translates roughly to: The bad in others is a fool’s


    March 6, 2009 at 7:19 pm

  3. I am not surprised to hear you have family in Mexico. Your arrogant/derogatory comments are typical of a migra-runaway descendant. If we have so much violence NOW, is because the Mexican government is giving a frontal fight against cartels and corruption, not because of our still-developing economy. No market no offer, it is that simple. Blaming other nations for internal problems is an all-American tradition; just check out the Bush administration. Mexico is not claiming that the problem is only because of Americans. It is a shared responsibility, corruption happens in both sides of the border.


    March 12, 2009 at 7:26 am

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