Mexicans Pay in Blood for America’s War on Drugs

The American press continues to report the body count in Mexico’s “War on Drugs” at more than 50,000 dead.

But Molly Molloy, a researcher at New Mexico State University, tallies more than 100,000 Mexicans killed to wage a war financed and mandated by American authorities and led by Mexican president Felipe Calderón.

The carnage has been so remarkable — mass executions, beheadings, mutilations, men, women, children — that the outgoing Calderón has announced he may leave the country lest he become a statistic.

And yet The New York Times on July 4 declared the War on Drugs a cruel failure, claiming that the price of cocaine, for example, is 74 percent cheaper now than it was thirty years ago. America has spent $20 to $25 billion a year to stem the flow of narcotics, to no good end.

The evening news vibrates with the mayhem in Syria, where the recent uprising has cost 17,000 lives. During the twelve years of the Vietnam War, broadcasts tracked the 50,000 Americans who perished on the other side of the world. But the 100,000 Mexicans lost supplying America’s thirst for drugs are, for the most part, unremarked upon. Mexico elected a new president earlier this month. Enrique Peña Nieto promises to put an end to the killing, yet his only new proposal is to create another paramilitary force — like those implicated in much of the killing happening now.

Arizona author Charles Bowden and his New Mexico partner, Molloy, have written a highly personal tale of the devastation as illuminated by the trail of murdered Mexican journalists. Survivors have gathered at a barbecue in Texas, where the story unfolds. — Michael Lacey, executive editor, Village Voice Media

– Read the entire article at Houston Press.

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6 Comments

  1. Cliff on

    Obama and every president ahead of him is responsible for the deaths in Mexico. You see Obama acting real concerned about the movie massacre in Colorado but he never looks in the mirror to see a real mass murderer. The people in the future will look back on this time as unbelievable.

  2. Cliff on

    Obama and every president ahead of him is responsible for the deaths in Mexico. You see Obama acting real concerned about the movie massacre in Colorado but he never looks in the mirror to see a real mass murderer. The people in the future will look back on this time as unbelievable.

  3. gutrod on

    It is a way to keep the population down at the same time exploit taxpayers who foot the bill. Nixon is right up there with the baddest of the bad.

  4. Bhonze on

    Always with the name calling when you know you have no grounds to stand on. It’s the American Govt that fuels the drug war not Americans. It is also the corrupt Mex Govt officials that take bribes and who are too scared to do the right thing and Legalize in Mex rather than kissing the US Govt Ass. It’s still a Greedy Choice any way you look at it.

  5. Anonymous on

    your a douche. mexicans live in extreme poverty there not like americans. americans do kill each other over drugs but there is much more opportunity in american than mexican. Also we have a much more stable and realable police force. The mexicans are bringing in the drugs so they make the most money. It is very easy to be corrupted if your undereducated by huge amounts of money. And once your in the business you have to protect it and each time a crazy motherfucker makes it to the top and starts beheading and mutilating people then all his opposition will have to take it to that level if they want to stay in the game or they will look weak.

  6. Bhonze on

    That’s just Bullshit blaming the US; sounds like the Mexicans are a bunch of greedy bastards trying to make money. They don’t have to do this, they can grow corn or sugar cane for bio fuels! You don’t see Americans killing each other over weed you only see the Cops killing Americans over weed.