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Mexico's Drug Cartels Pose Real Threats

Mexico's Drug Cartels Pose Real Threats

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Mexico's drug cartels pose threats 08-25-2005
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Published by: Jerry E. Brewer, Sr. on Sep 23, 2011
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Mexican's drug ringspose real threat
2005-08-25 / Knight Ridder / By Jerry Brewer
Latin America's narcotics industry, coupledwith the continuing threat of terroristattacks, should be an intense wakeup callto the world. These are true threats, globalmenaces that are clearly on the move andquickly gaining momentum with politicaldimensions.The feared drug trade of the past is nowan ugly monster that has taken on the faceand shape of terrorism. A beast that hasgotten past knocking at the door on oursouthern borders with a sinister and stillsecreted agenda.Have we been blinded, with attentiondiverted to the Middle East intentionally?Have our wide-open spaces in this land ofthe free become chokepoints for insurgent
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Hoping to strengthen its tieswith the community, theManila Economic and CulturalOffice... [Full story]travel?In 2002, when testifying before the SenateJudiciary Subcommittee, State Departmentofficials discussed a link in the WesternHemisphere between various terroristgroups and narcotics traffickers. As well,more recent evidence indicates thatColombians no longer top the list of theWestern Hemisphere's drug tradekingpins. According to John Walters, theWhite House anti-drug czar, "Colombianshave pulled back. Today the Mexicanshave taken over and are runningorganized crime and getting the bulk of themoney."And lucrative northbound delivery routes ofthese traffickers appear to be the leverage.The battles of the Sinaloa versus Gulfcartels (largely over Nuevo Laredo areapathways) are a clear manifestation of theterrorist movement in Mexico. Theassassinations of Mexican police andgovernment officials, sightings ofparamilitary commandos in Texas andArizona, and attacks by the latter on U.S.law enforcement personnel show thatthese terrorists possess sophisticatedweaponry, strategic training, battle zoneskills, and worrisome daring.Governors Bill Richardson (New Mexico)and Janet Napolitano (Arizona) have both
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declared states of emergency along theirborders. Richardson's declaration said theregion "was devastated by the ravagesand terror of human smuggling, drugsmuggling, murder," and related crimes.When confronted with this, along with thetemporary closing of the U.S. Consulate inNuevo Laredo, Mexican President VicenteFox was quick to remind the United Statesof its enormous drug habit.Fox is right. Estimates are that consumersin the United States provide the cartelswith anywhere from US$10 billion to US$30 billion annually. That will buy lots ofleading-edge weapons and hired guns,and allow untold bribes and payoffs asmoney from the United States paves thecross-border entry routes with gold. Moremust be done to stem drug demand, useand sales in the United States.Critics are also quick to call for thelegalization of drugs, as if this would deterthe quest for U.S. dollars. But there willalways be a vice or contraband in demandfor a heavy price, and that includes humanlife. And there will always be suppliers ondemand.So let's not be fooled - this by no means is just about drugs. It is about power andmoney, trafficking in humans, the sale offirearms and gunrunning, money
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