Sunday, August 14, 2011

4 ways the U.S. can help the war in Mexico

A U.S. citizen I know has lived in Juarez for over a decade. The drug war broke out during that time, turning the city already known for violence into the most dangerous place on earth, the Murder City. Nevertheless, my friend—whom I will not name—has remained. 

Edifice in Juarez manifests extensive gang graffiti.
In the face of extreme violence and death, many of us wonder: how can the U.S. help make things better in Mexico? She concluded a recent message with a succinct, four-point proposal, of sorts, that seems to address that question. Her comment bears repeating, and so I quote:

“What is needed:
  • · change NAFTA, 
  • · Stop Merida plan, 
  • · legalize the drugs and 
  • · stop the gun flow from USA into Mexico.” 
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What do you think?

9 comments:

One Fly said...

Of course Billie. Rational common sense decisions are what's needed with this and many other issues our country faces.

Sorry ahead of time for the negativity but it will not happen. Our country lives in the stupid/irrational/opposite world of bizarre world.

This is exactly where we are at as a nation.

Billie Greenwood said...

Charles Bowden used an analogy to the U.S. policy on drugs/drug war in a recent interview that ran something like this: if pouring sand in the gas tank of your car does not make your car run, would you continue to keep adding more sand?

So glad to have met you on Bloggger, One Fly. Thanks for your comment.

One Fly said...

I respect what you do and say Billie. Not many at least that I know of are doing the same or anything close to it.

The feeling is mutual.

America said...

I agree. NAFTA killed the Mexican economy taking away so many jobs. The drug war is making Mexico extremely unsafe. Sending weapons, is not helping. What are people expected to do? Roll over and call it quits? The U.S. should make amends and fix what is broken. Sadly our government is incapable of admitting to mistakes much less correcting them. Mexico should be one of the most powerful and safest countries in the world with the U.S. as it's neighbor.

Billie Greenwood said...

Thanks, America. What a tragic irony that Mexico is instead one of the most dangerous places. The mayor of Mexico City stated in an interview I saw this weekend that Mexico ought to combat the drug war by expanding social opportunities and bolstering its economy.

RealityZone said...

http://www.truth-out.org/no-human-being-illegal/1313330732

Billie Greenwood said...

That was a marvelous piece, RealityZone: "No Human Being is Illegal" by Howard Zinn

"...provides a context for today’s immigration reform debate by tracing the history of how we’ve treated foreign-born people in this country since the Revolutionary War: from anti-Irish and anti-Chinese sentiment in the mid- and late-nineteenth century to the deportation of Russians from the U.S. just after the Bolshevik Revolution, from the McCarthy Era to the ironically titled Patriot Act. Howard portrays the Bush Administration’s decision to build a wall at the southern border of California and Arizona as a tired example of our politicians and our government surrendering to fear while forgetting the equal rights that all humans share."

E. Andrus said...

I liked this post. So often people complain about a problem without offering solutions. Thank you for your hard work!

Billie Greenwood said...

Thanks for your support, E. Andrus! Welcome to Border Explorer!