Thursday, September 28, 2006

Laredo's Missing

Among many unsolved crimes on the border are 35 cases of missing American citizens from Laredo. One presumes they were either killed or kidnapped, likely across the river in Nuevo Laredo where there have been 155 murders by drug cartels so far this year alone. The SA Express News on Tuesday lauded new promises by authorities for increased binational cooperation to solve kidnappings and missing persons cases - I hope that will happen, but lately cooperating with US law enforcement hasn't been so healthy for Mexican police.

Perseverence by family members is really key to getting overwhelmed authorities to push these old cases to the top of the stack. Good for them for pursuing answers. One wishes the families luck and hopefully, in the end, peace of mind. Their plight is a reminder that for every victim of violence, there are many more victims left behind.

1 comment:

800 pound gorilla said...

Prohibitionists have learned the right lesson - for conducting scams: you pick on people who are thoroughly disenfranchised. That's why it started with marijuana [wetback mexicans], cocaine [black boys] and opium [slanteyed asians]. After a while, legitimate use disappears and you can infer scientific legitimacy to these "dangerous drugs".

Of course, real scientific testing and methodology are impossible and not even attempted. You write the laws to totally ignore scientific processes - to read "potential for abuse" without elaboration. You exempt other similar drugs that are widely used medicinally from the "potential for abuse" standard - knowing that the banned drugs can never be legally prescribed.

Of course our laws are not relevant to Mexico because marijuana for one was already widely used. So it's only natural that their drug war should parallel our alcohol prohibition of the roaring 20s. Likewise with cocaine in South America. If we criminalized alcohol or smoked nicotine we'd see criminal syndicates overrun our government within two decades - if not sooner. I'm waiting for some genius to adapt coffee to the criminal underground. Then you'll see all chaos and mayhem break loose. We could see anarchy within a decade.