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Mexico's drug war

Mass graves. Dismembered corpses. Entire towns besieged. Macabre visions grow in depravity as the drug war in Mexico drags on. Since President Felipe Calderon began using the army to contain the violence four years ago, rival gangs have escalated their turf battles over smuggling routes, and 35,000 lives have been lost, half of those in just the three northern states of Chihuahua, Tamaulipas and Sinaloa. The drug criminals have expanded their shadow by intimidating police forces, using kidnapping and extortion, trafficking migrants, and even pirating oil from Mexico's national oil company, Pemex. Of course, calling this issue "Mexico's drug war" is inadequate. Much of the drug product is destined for the United States, and by some estimates, over $20 billion flows south annually to pay for it. Guns made in the U.S. cross the border as well. The last 16 pictures in this entry were made by Nadav Neuhaus, who was gracious enough to share them with us. Neuhaus spent two years visiting Mexico documenting the drug war. You can see more of his work by clicking on the link below. -- Lane Turner (36 photos total)

Students and activists gather during a protest against Mexico's drug violence in Mexico City February 17. (Jorge Dan Lopez/Reuters)
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148 comments so far...
1.

awesome

Posted by dudu valle April 8, 11 02:19 PM
2.

#19, absolutely saddening.

Posted by con April 8, 11 02:22 PM
3.

Wow they use a sub. The us border patrol are allways one step behind if you see those ways they use for transport

Posted by Bill April 8, 11 02:23 PM
4.

36 reasons to holiday in Hawaii

Posted by Ed R April 8, 11 02:31 PM
5.

The picture with the woman and her child is very moving..

Posted by Cxline April 8, 11 02:32 PM
6.

speechless, can't believe what's going on there!

Posted by Andy April 8, 11 02:43 PM
7.

so sad. it's unfortunately the truth. this is their struggles they have to deal with in an everyday life down there. so unfair for those that want to make better lives for themselves

Posted by jim April 8, 11 02:56 PM
8.

Muy buenas fotos

Posted by Luciano April 8, 11 02:56 PM
9.

@12 Get some deodorant!

Posted by w00t April 8, 11 02:59 PM
10.

Photo #19 just shows how sad and unnecessary this drug war has become. No children ever deserve to die in conflict. Stop the war, legalize the drugs and create rehabilitation programs instead.

Posted by Josh H. April 8, 11 03:00 PM
11.

That is the reality that the Mexican government wants to hide, unfortunately the reality is more cruel than the images.

Posted by iekc April 8, 11 03:01 PM
12.

Drugs are bad m'kay? But the drug war is worse. Legalize it.

Posted by dude April 8, 11 03:11 PM
13.

A tragic document of the failing war on drugs. Unfortunately these cartels will continue to exert their power and influence as long as the demand for drugs remains high the 'developed world'. Legalization and regulation are looking better and better each passing year.

Posted by David April 8, 11 03:13 PM
14.

Makes you wonder why we worry about planting democracy in places more interested in Sharia law when we have this kind of nightmare taking place next to us. Let's impose democracy and the rule of the law on our continent first.

Posted by Richard April 8, 11 03:19 PM
15.

Would be better to describe it as "North America Drug War ". I liked the intro. I know this war is not ending in a short term, maybe 7-10 will be enough to perform a deep cleaning procedure in county police organization. My sincere admiration to; Felipe Calderón, the Mexican Army and the PF ( Federal Police Organization). This is part of a process...For having a better México. [From Querétaro, Mx]

Posted by Rodrigo Estrada April 8, 11 03:23 PM
16.

This just a very small depict of what Mexico has become since almost 6 years a go, we are struggling in a daily basis trying to live a "normal" life. A life that has become in a sort of fear, impotence, sorrow and angry. We don't want this "war", we didn't ask for it, we are not guilty of this.

"Political class", corruption of police forces, "secret" operations from the United States (Fast and the furious) and a bunch of drug addicts who consume here and there and lastly the stubbornness and lack of capacity of "president" Felipe Calderon has left my beloved country in an horrible place to live.

Posted by Antonio April 8, 11 03:29 PM
17.

Those who consume drugs are part of this!

Posted by don April 8, 11 03:40 PM
18.

This is why we must keep "Mexico"...IN Mexico...or this will spread North.

Posted by Outraged Patriots April 8, 11 03:58 PM
19.

Admiración para Felipe Calderón, el Ejército Mexicano y la PF??
Que tristeza que a toda costa quieren engañar al pueblo, estas imágenes son el resultado pero de la corrupción!!

Es una tristeza que sólo enfatizen "la lucha contra el narco"y le den mala fama a nuestro país, somos un país rico, con hermosos lugares, pero conducido con personas corruptas, que sólo buscan el bien propio...al pobre lo hacen más pobre al rico pues más rico.

Posted by mexicana April 8, 11 04:03 PM
20.

this happen all days, last night there where a gunshot in front of my house, to sad live with fear all days :(

Posted by ed April 8, 11 04:20 PM
21.

guns & drugs, bad mix.

Posted by gza April 8, 11 04:27 PM
22.

I miss the old México...

Posted by Estela April 8, 11 04:34 PM
23.

"Makes you wonder why we worry about planting democracy in places more interested in Sharia law when we have this kind of nightmare taking place next to us. Let's impose democracy and the rule of the law on our continent first."

Where should we start? I say the U.S.

Posted by Zack April 8, 11 04:37 PM
24.

THANK TO YOU, NORTH AMERICANS DRUG USERS, OUR MÉXICO IS SUFFERING !!.

Posted by Edgar April 8, 11 04:51 PM
25.

This is Mexico's ugly face. The country is a phenomenal place with such vast potential and people waiting to turn things around. I hope the future see's an end to this struggle.

Posted by bc April 8, 11 05:04 PM
26.

This is much more than just Mexico's drug war.

Posted by Mike B April 8, 11 05:26 PM
27.

# 19 stirs a tremendous amount of rage in me... I have a hard time understanding how a bunch of thugs can be so heartless. Though I don't believe in a god, I can only hope that these people pay dearly for killing innocent people, be it in this life or the next (if there is such a place).

Posted by Jamie G. April 8, 11 05:30 PM
28.

It's called a drug war because that's how it started, but it has become much more than that. Legalizing is not a solution, I'm not even sure if it will help in any way.

These cartels are fighting for power. They not only deal with drugs, they sell people, children and women as slaves, they rob cars on all big cities like Monterrey to sell them or to use them, they buy and sell guns from the US to the rest of the world. They sell endangered species of exotic animals to crazy "gringos". And they also get a big profit by kidnapping all sorts of people (most of them are not even middle class).

I'm so sad to see how my beautiful working-class first-world industrial city, Monterrey, has changed so much in so little time. People is starting to compare it to ciudad Juarez because of the daily killings of not only cartel members but also so many innocent people. So far 5 students from local universities have been killed on violent acts, and that's what makes us more angry. Random citizens are dying on daily basis, but they are making the young people, the talent, the brains, the future of this country, to get away to other cities and countries, in desperation and fear.

I really wish there was something we could do, other than protesting, marching, or demanding our governors and president to fix things. I really don't want to leave this city like the rest of my friends, but seems like there's no other alternative unless I want to get killed. I graduated on december as the summa cum laude of my class, and I wish I could give something back to my country, but the fear of staying is bigger.

These pictures show only a small percent of what is really happening. Even on the media and newspaper we get to see half of what is really going on. Blogs like the blogdelnarco.com showcase horrible pictures leaked from the cartels butchering people or torturing them. But even if that is the reality of what is going on, I don't approve those sites because people who see them become more insensitive about these issues.

Posted by Gabriela April 8, 11 05:48 PM
29.

Prohibition Part 2 is wreaking havoc. Like someone said: drugs are bad, the drug war is worse. Regulate and spend the money rehabilitating addicts peace instead of jailing them. We're sinking endless money and countless lives into this "war" and there is no end and no way to win.

Posted by Joe April 8, 11 05:48 PM
30.

Oh! My God. I was planning to move to Mexico. But not now. Heck, I am better here.

Posted by wonderlucy2011 April 8, 11 05:49 PM
31.

We need some peace here. Everything is ruined, businesses, kids cannot go out, we young people are afraid of going out, you cannot talk freely bc you don't know who can hear you, or who's your protector and who's your killer. Help us.

Posted by luisandazola April 8, 11 05:55 PM
32.

#19 is beyond heartbreaking. So clearly is the grandmother using her body to try and shield the young one at all costs.

Posted by Greg April 8, 11 05:56 PM
33.

Urgent a Legalization and Control of Drugs
The prohibition is not working, Alcohol prohibition was clear a message that this method doesn't work. If there is a demand will be a supplier, simple economics. If you make it legal, these cartels will not have any money to buy weapons and corrupt authorities.

This War was lost since the beginning and all the innocent civilians in all Mexico are the most affected, the small business, migrants, everybody is being hit by this war that none of them asked for.

Calderon doesn't know what to do, they don't have any strategic against the cartels. The whole country is sinking at this moment.

Posted by Jesus April 8, 11 06:03 PM
34.

Hope those who are for the prohibition of drugs think this is worth it.

Posted by San Diego April 8, 11 06:27 PM
35.

Possibly, just possibly, it's time to stop paying the most violent and psychotic people on the planet for some plants. Let's pay the tobacco companies for them instead. It can't possibly be worse, and will likely be much, much better.

Posted by Joe April 8, 11 06:44 PM
36.

We forgot the lesson we learned with probation. Its time to legalize drugs and eliminate the profits from the illegal drug trade.

Posted by Med Engineer April 8, 11 06:50 PM
37.

As a mexican citizen it is terribly upsetting to look at this compilation of images and be reminded about what is happening all over my country, since what is happening in them is not something I've ever seen with my own eyes even while I know it happens every day.

The drug war going on right now is such a complex and far reaching problem that is very far from having any one solution since it involves not just a great demand for drugs north of the border but all the diversifying the cartels have done since President Calderón started making it more difficult for them to do what they do coupled with the widespread corruption on all levels of government.

It is scary and you feel completely powerless, what can a regular citizen do against these cartels when our own country's authorities can't get a handle on this???

Posted by Ana April 8, 11 07:09 PM
38.

The situation in Mexico I can compare to African countries in civil war. Thousands dead. Thousands have disappeared. In my hometown on the border we can´t go out after 12 am because the streets belong to the narcos.Imagine a home invasion by a gang of narco thugs where they take your whole family to never be seen again and then they burn your house down. Nor the army or the police (or firemen) do anything about it because they are in on it or afraid. This is happening right now in my city. Nobody can help us... I curse the day that Felipe Calderon became president.

Posted by Bambi April 8, 11 07:10 PM
39.

In Ciudad Juárez people is killed everyday. Police also kills civilians or ask them for money. Many of these killed people were just trying to live their lives. This is not our war, but this blood is ours, some say.

I am in Mexico City, just wondering how many of us will be left when this is all over. Calderon's war was not carefully planned, he is not capable enough.

Posted by Totlacherin April 8, 11 07:35 PM
40.

The human with his contradictions; drugs could you make you feel a short time. Then you have to get more and always more.
Now, everyone know that drugs is such a crap for brain and the body in general.
But the consummation sadly growing so hight. And effective, drugs users are have blood on their hands when they consume some if these scourge.
What's the crap with this world?!!

Posted by SAM 957 April 8, 11 07:44 PM
41.

So sad. People who turn a profit from drugs, death and suffering really are a prime example for the notion of "evil".

Posted by JP April 8, 11 08:49 PM
42.

The blame goes to the drug users, pushers and smugglers in the United States. As long as there are demands for drugs, people will die and no amount of money put in stopping the flow of drugs int the US will work.

The Mexican government is losing their fight to stop Mexican drug syndicate because money talks and as long as there are corrupt Police and government officials willing take money, they are never going to win the war.

The corruption of US border patrol by Mexican drug cartel is so pervasive that it will only take a few corrupt border guards to let billions of drugs into the US.

The Human race is sick and I'm praying to end the madness and can't wait for the end times to begin. If there are a lot more good people, why can't they stop the few bad one's?

Posted by Ashamed to be Human April 8, 11 09:20 PM
43.

picture 1 - guy holding red flag... JOHNNY DEPP?????

Posted by JD Francies April 8, 11 09:48 PM
44.

@#31 I pray for you.
As an individual I feel so powerless and useless when I see how my bothers and sisters are suffering. What can people do to help? The Female Warrior's way of helping goes a long way and we need more of that but what else can people on the other side of world do?

Posted by AK April 8, 11 09:50 PM
45.

It is very sad to read racist comments from people who don´t have any idea of what it is to live in Mexico in the dangerous parts.
It is very sad to read comments about how Mexico should take care of themselves and that you should not allow mexicans to enter your country
It is sad to know that most of this comments are written by people who live in the country that is the first consumer and thus first costumer for this cartels giving them money to buy arms and worst of all..they actually sell the weapons to them.

Well, many of them have been traced to the United States, including the one who killed the Us officer.. Karma? perhaps, I don´t desire any harm to anybody.

Please people of the world: STOP CONSUMING DRUGS, STOP SELLING ARMS, these people have gotten too powerful and might as well hurt your country the same way they have done it with us.

Thank you for reading

Posted by medicoanonimo April 8, 11 09:50 PM
46.

@comment #31 I pray for you.
As an individual I feel so powerless and useless when I see how my bothers and sisters are suffering. What can people do to help? The Female Warrior's way of helping goes a long way and we need more of that but what else can people on the other side of world do?

Posted by AK April 8, 11 09:51 PM
47.

Violence is taking control of my country, violence is taking control of our world.
I wonder, what could we possibly do for our own sake?

Posted by Fabi April 8, 11 10:06 PM
48.

Legalizing it is the only way to kill the funding/power of these cartels. The government is too scared to because they obviously fear the revenge the cartels would seek on government officials. For now, the citizens of Mexico are the main victims of their governments failed policies. Living in fear is not really living. God bless the people of Mexico. I wish them nothing but the best.

Posted by Anonymous April 8, 11 10:12 PM
49.

Can not imagining this , In our China, very few people addict into the drugs, and I think it is because we are not such civilized nation, or not such democracyed .

Posted by lu April 8, 11 10:46 PM
50.

The violence in Mexico will end when usa people stop consuming drugs.

Posted by Monica April 9, 11 12:38 AM
51.

my mexico where i live is asuper nice country i know this is very sad but still lots of good people trying to work and do a living in the good way so people from another countrys this is just one face of mexico but have lost of good and safe places remenber that please. love 4 all

Posted by maurilio April 9, 11 12:40 AM
52.

All this violence for those addicts and consumers in the US who have their hands with blood of innocent people. Why in the US they son´t arrest the big "capos"? Mexico is still a great place to life instead of the bored and double moral society like many parts of the US where I lived.

Posted by Kristen K. April 9, 11 12:42 AM
53.

You think you don't kill no one, when you use your drugs ... well you better think twice ...

Posted by @MXmiPatria April 9, 11 12:51 AM
54.

No offense, but do they have a death penalty? Enable a full scale hunt for drug dealers, create laws that would prosecute whole family of the criminal, use propoganda. ofcourse if the people in the state are interested this will continue...

Posted by orange April 9, 11 12:51 AM
55.

prohibition never works....

Posted by Bryce April 9, 11 12:54 AM
56.

I was wondering... ¿what about drug dealers in USA? ¿what about all the weapons in the mexican cartels? ¿what about the american drug users? We are neighbors, and we have big troubles between us. Will USA support drug legalization in México?

Posted by Angel April 9, 11 12:59 AM
57.

There's a multifactorial problem that is giving birth to violence and decay of Mexico. Sadly one great part comes from the U.S. Because the great majority of the drug consumers comes from this country, the greatest part of the commodity goes to the U.S. and that's the reason of the war between the "cárteles de la droga". Added to this, the free selling of weapons in the U.S. wich ends in Mexicos territory (nothing against the right of the U.S. population to have weapons, just against the poor system to control their sale and monitoring) serves to drug cartels as an infinite income of armory.
Some years ago there were only a few rivals bands that were in control of the different zones of Mexico to pass the drugs to the U.S. Somewhere in time, they rivalized even worse, and splited up in dozens or even hundreds of cells looking for total control of those zones, rivalizing between each others and making violence their way to get it. Then, another factor was added. The inclusion of other grups, formerly military groups fom Mexico and Central America, as the protection and armed group of some cells of drugs dealers, ment the begining of another chapter in violence in Mexico. They're well trained men, able to operate and make and excellent use of different kinds of weapons (unlike common delaers), and without qualms. They're introduction in Mexicos violence scene, ment a direct impact in Mexicos population, because of direct attacks to them. Even more, with te addition of other paramilitary groups in states from central Mexico, and a lot more groups.
Parallel to the important growing of these groups, an obvious decrease in the ability of the differents federal, states and municipal armed forces to stop crime, the extraordinary low preparation of these forces (some of them just need to finish high school to be in the force) plus the low incomes in their wage, and the incredible high corruption in every single social scale (more evident in the political class of Mexico), has, as the result, a perfect enviroment to those drug cartels to grow.
With the so-called "war" implemented by the fedegal goverment, there's a notorious failure to stop the drug traffic in Mexico. That reminds me the Hercules fight to the "Hydra". Everytime a cartels chief is arrested, seven new heads arise. Even worse, the Gov in Mexico tries his best to disguise that we are losing this war.
So, in order to achieve big steps to arrive the end of this war, there are many points to treat not only in Mexico, but also in other places in the world.
Take measures in drug consumption/production (educational, treatments, prevention).
Stop the free selling of weapons in borders of the U.S. and regulate (by regulate I mean forbid and vigorously punish) their transport to other countries.
Increase the educational level (sooooo important), the minimal wage and the loyalty in the mexican armed forces.
Increase the punishment to corruption in EVERY social scale in Mexico and in the U.S. (common people, armed forces, politicians, judges, etc, etc).
Maybe, now we can see that is no matter of "just legalize it" or "keep Mexican problems in Mexico" or even worse to suggest invade another country to "establish a democracy". This is a matter that concerns to all of us, before this spread to other countries.

Posted by None April 9, 11 01:56 AM
58.

There are some people very ignorant here. For example Richard #14. Mexico is a democratic country in case you didn't know. The reason why they are supporting arab countries its because its easy to help a country without any goverment now. The true responsibles of this Drug war its every consumer of drugs in the United States. If people didnt buy that shit they wouldnt be bussiness for the cartes hence no deaths.

Posted by Diego April 9, 11 03:18 AM
59.

Oh! My God. I was planning to move to Mexico. But not now. Heck, I am better here

Posted by guddu April 9, 11 05:06 AM
60.

I completely agree with Jesus (comment #33). Legalization and regulation are the way to solve this. Not only in Mexico, mind you, as the biggest buyer is USA, which make this, as Rodrigo (comment #15) says, a North America problem.

Posted by Marcos April 9, 11 05:18 AM
61.

Colateral damages of the "american dream" (lol)... Mexico is dying, many thanks to the U.S drugs users !
And congratulations for comments #1, 4 & 9, stupidity at work.

Posted by Arn April 9, 11 05:31 AM
62.

Anything that reduces the flow of money (and therefore weapons and power) to the cartels will help fight them. I think legalisation would do this.

Felipe Calderon had the right idea, but he forgot one of the basic tenets of battle - don't start a fight you can't definitively win.

Posted by JEQP, Mexico April 9, 11 10:42 AM
63.

This is why we must keep "Mexico"...IN Mexico...or this will spread North.
Posted by Outraged Patriots April 8, 2011 03:58 PM????????
OMG.... are you that stupid to belive that drug are only in Mexico, US is the main consumers of cocaine and heroin, followed by the European Union, and su said keep it in Mexico.
The biggest problem remain being the consumers, and I don´t say legalize it, I don´t think that would be the rigth path. this should be a global war against the children start using.
If we keep are children away from this world, if we teach them how to avoid it, maybe, just maybe, we´ll have a chance.
I´m probably a dreamer, but a hope some day, see my children born, and not feel so sick from worry of thinking if my they will end crawling into this awful world that we are building for them. i hope that in a future(not that far) we open a newspaper, turn on the tv, see a blog like this, and see another kind of news.
But we need the help of all governments in America, (America is not the same as U.S.) to a continuous struggle, it's more than demonstrated that individually each government has not achieved.

Posted by betobochiCR April 9, 11 10:44 AM
64.

"Victimless Crime" hahaha what a joke....I wish all thoserecreational drug user would realize they are killing a country.
Dont legalize drugs, fight against the celebrities and the culture that says drug use is ok.

Posted by Bernie April 9, 11 10:48 AM
65.

I'm from Brighton, MA originally. I live at the tip of Baja, near Cabo San Lucas. The drug situation is horrible on Mainland MX. I had high hopes for Pres. Calderon. Even he is unable to stop the drug madness. So far, the drug situation is certainly on Mainland MX, and many of the border towns. So far, our areas are not badly involved in drugs.

Try to be accurate re the drug madness in MX. It's not as rampant everywhere as you report. Send somebody willing to investigate rather than pontificate, will you?

Posted by Mary Shortell April 9, 11 11:32 AM
66.

All this is brought to you by illegal drugs - not legal drugs. No matter what the horror of drugs are when the high profits goes away so do the people that say. "Psst I have it here - step around the corner".

Posted by Jeffrey Huntington April 9, 11 11:53 AM
67.

legalize all drugs in the U.S.A. and sponsor fanatic Christian churches to take over Mexico

Posted by Maraina April 9, 11 12:24 PM
68.

Legalizing drugs? People who advocate legalizing drugs are themselves drug users.
Alcohol is legal and how many innocent people die from crazy people who drink and drive while intoxicated? How many can't fight their addiction? How many families are broken up because of alcoholism in the family? How safe would it be if bus drivers, taxi driver, airline pilots are high on drugs while on duty?
Drugs and drug cartels are cancer on society and should be eradicated by all means necessary.Mobilize all branch of the military to go after the drug cartels, treat them as enemy combatants and get rid of them.

Posted by Jose A. April 9, 11 01:43 PM
69.

Absolutely devastating. I am missing some photos of US universities on 4-20 though...supply and demand people, remember that next time you want to kick back and relax or feel cool.

Posted by alejandro_a50@hotmail.com April 9, 11 03:49 PM
70.

Felipe Calderón is not a hero, nor is he courageous. The Mexican Army is not containing the violence, but rather worsening it by destabilizing the criminal organizations' operations and committing its own crimes in the process. Look at the US State Department's human rights report for Mexico. I can't believe it took TBP so long to cover this ongoing atrocity. Mexico deserves much, much better than this.

Posted by Eric April 9, 11 03:59 PM
71.

If drugs were legalized, this crap would dry up overnight

Posted by Michael April 9, 11 04:02 PM
72.

Esto es terrible, no puede seguir mas.

Posted by Reporte Minoritario April 9, 11 04:23 PM
73.

Meanwhile Holliwood stars says "It's cool get in drugs!!".....

Posted by Julian April 9, 11 04:53 PM
74.

Mexico.. Almost as bad as USA.

Posted by Vinicius April 9, 11 05:53 PM
75.

While shocking, these photos may be what it takes to make these atrocities occurring in Mexico a reality in the minds of people around the world. As hard as it is, we as a human society need to be aware of what is going on in our world, whether in another country or our own.

Posted by Kristen S. April 9, 11 08:38 PM
76.

This problem would not exist if Americans (USA) do not consume drugs. The North is the real problem. Stop consuming!

Posted by JMANUEL April 9, 11 08:41 PM
77.

It hurts to see this is happening in my beloved Mexico. It didnt use to be like this at all. And it tears me apart to see I cant do nothing about it because it is something that is no longer in our hands.

I now ask AMERICANS to help us in this war BY NOT CONSUMING DRUGS. Just think right before taking each marihuana, extasis, cocaine, or whatever other drug dose that it is stained with the blood of hundreds of people, either guilty or innocent. Think that it got to your hands at your parties, streets (wherever you take them) not after many killings, transported with the money of kidnapped people who paid a rescue or the extortion fee for the right of living or working without getting shot, etc. So, DONT CONSUME DRUGS.

Obviously not all americans consume drugs, but it isnt a lie either that it's the U.S.A. the biggest consumer of drugs in our planet. But hopefuly these pictures make you think twice before you get "some fun".

It's not fun at all. People is dying.

Posted by Jhonny April 9, 11 09:20 PM
78.

so sad!

Posted by richard April 9, 11 10:52 PM
79.

As a Mexican, I'm proud of what is being done by President Felipe Calderón. There are a lot of issues that haven't been thinked of if drugs were legalized. For instance, if Mexico legalized drugs, we would be invaded by US junkies. And i don't think we want that.
What is happening here ir that there is a crisis of values. And this crisis is the result of poverty and lack of opportunities. New drug cartels hitmen are young men. Federal Police is not killing civilians, drug cartels are. We must fight drug cartels.
Viva Mexico!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Jorge April 9, 11 11:03 PM
80.

Thanks to the wonderful American culture that glorifies drugs. Charlie Sheen must be proud.

Posted by Keri April 9, 11 11:04 PM
81.

@Jose A:

Yea there's a great idea..perhaps we can bring back prohibition here in the US and give our own Mafia's a boost, they have been rather ineffective since prohibition ended. With Alcohol the vast majority of drinkers do so responsibly, it would likely be the same with drugs but at least the violence would take a significant hit. Guess what your bus drivers, taxi drivers, airline pilots etc are already high on drugs or alcohol while working. Its funny how the issues we have problems with here in the states including drug usage and alcohol consumption are actually lesser problems in countries where the laws are more lax. Here all it has created is the highest percentage of prisoners per capita in the world (yes even higher than china) and uncurbed violence not only in mexico but in our own country. Legalization has nothing to do with being a drug user and more to do with not wanting the govt. to waste huge $$$ fighting a war that is simply un-winable...but then we seem quite good at that lately.

Posted by apester April 9, 11 11:12 PM
82.

@Jose A

You're living in a dream world. Obviously Americans in general don't agree with you. In a sense this violence is our fault. We're the ones buying this stuff. Alcohol was illegal one remember. And all it did was allow criminals to get rich. People want alcohol and are willing to break whatever laws are put in their way to get it. So it became legal again and all the criminal enterprises had to move on...

It's the exact same thing with drugs. "Americans" want drugs. Period. And they will do whatever they have to to get them. Better to control the users here legally than fight a stupid war that we are creating with our own demand.

Posted by Steve Ducharme April 9, 11 11:59 PM
83.

The United States and the citizens of the United States are responsible for the atrocities that are happening in Mexico and all over Latin America with regards to the Drug War. The United States and increasingly the rest of the Western world are the leading consumers of narcotics. As long as the demand is there the MURDERS WILL NOT STOP. As longs as the United States refuses to take direct action to combat their drug problem these MURDERS WILL NOT STOP. It's time for the U.S. to take on its fair share of the blame, their is only so much that Mexico and the rest of Latin America can do.

Posted by Cindy G April 10, 11 12:27 AM
84.

remove the incentives!!! legalize drugs and invest in education and prevention!

Posted by andreas April 10, 11 12:36 AM
85.

Thank you for these photos. They have opened my eyes to how bad conditions are in places I have spent time in during my visits to Mexico. I pledge to learn more of the terror and support peace and justice in ways I can for Mexico and North America.

I hate to see the suffering and fear, but I would hate more if the people of Mexico felt isolated and hopeless in these terrible conditions. I see your suffering, and I will look for ways to help.

Posted by JD Morrison April 10, 11 12:39 AM
86.

waste of usa

Posted by serhan April 10, 11 03:43 AM
87.

those who use drugs are part of this, shame ....

Posted by Rizky April 10, 11 05:07 AM
88.

Guatemala is a lot worse.

Posted by none April 10, 11 05:43 AM
89.

Why do you blame the drug user? Of course they can be blamed but it's a completely impractical thing to do! What magical wand are you going to wave to make the 320 billion trade just vanish?

Don't be unrealistic, don't bury your head in the sand and blame the drug user but realize that there are actual practical considerations in the drugs issue that would make all the difference. If you really want to help, blame something which can be changed, look into the UN conventions, INCB etc. and blame all who lobby for increased securitization and militarization of the drugs issue.
You do not need to be a goddamn rocket scientist to understand this, so why be intentionally obtuse? Every voice for prohibition is a voice for murder.

"Let us be clear again: they are here to stay, we have to live with them. And if we're not winning the war then we have to make a pact. Wars end in pacts after all. When the war is not doing anything but causing destruction and devastation of humanity, it has to end in an agreement. And this will end in a deal, sooner or later." -Javier Sicilia

Does this compute in your head, people!? You live in a DEMOCRACY! Be responsible for the consequences of your government's actions! You might not be responsible for the actions of all the people living in your country, all the drug users' habits but you damn well are responsible for your government policy!
Look at yourself in the mirror, look at the 36000 dead, and tell me, TELL ME, what the heck are you fighting for?

Posted by yang April 10, 11 07:02 AM
90.

Do you want to help on this war nobody wanted? STOP CONSUMING DRUGS!

Posted by LuGe April 10, 11 11:07 AM
91.

Mexico nead help from UN Army. Not invasion, just help us to stop the mafia leaders and corrupts politics.

Posted by MALO April 10, 11 01:08 PM
92.

The amount of insensitive and outright racist comments here is sickening. The amount of suffering in these photos is wrenching.

Posted by TG April 10, 11 02:41 PM
93.

in MExico we use to live in peace drug dealers and civilians... but then the USA see how to make money selling arms and push mexicos president to began a drug war so then usa can sell weapons to the mexico gob. and the "carteles" thank you USA again for making the world a better place!

Here in mexico we are free people if we like to use drugs we use it if dont just dont. buy USA dont like freedom...

...and the drug war is just between the "carteles", but USA has other AGENDA so we only can pray somebody some day stop USA messing with other counties

Posted by Germán Garza April 10, 11 03:37 PM
94.

.... oh and just one more thing USA...
violence cannot be fighted with more violence.... even a child know that.

Posted by Germán Garza April 10, 11 03:40 PM
95.

Welcome to Tijuana, tequila, sexo y marihuana..

Posted by anniechas April 10, 11 03:46 PM
96.

Please forgive my ignorance but when you all are talking about legalizing drugs which ones are referring to?
Will legalizing drugs fix the problem? we don't know.
Legalizing something as harmless as pot, sure, this has a lot of benefits. There is also a lot of concern and I get that.
To the comment about alcohol being such an issue now, I'm not disagreeing with you but realistically how many bus drivers do you see drunk on a daily basis? When I smoke I hang out in my house, watch some TV and have a snack. That sounds like a real danger to society..
Do I think harder drugs like cocaine and heron need to be legalized? no. not at all.
Everyone is pointing the finger at users. If I know the weed I smoked is being grown in the same city that I live in... this isn't effecting Mexico. I'm sure you could argue that it does in some way..
Drugs are smuggled from Canada, too.
"Americans" are not the only ones who want drugs. People all over the world do drugs in many different cultures. I understand the lifestyle in the US makes it more apparent.. but if our lifestyle is really that bad then why do we have so many people still migrating to this country every year?
I think there is some really good arguments to each side but it seems like everyone is pointing the finger because it's easy.
Sure, Mexico has some issues right now. We sure do too up north.. but guess what? Everyone has problems.
These pictures are sad, they're hard to look at. It's a hard reminder of what is going on so close to home.. but right now I don't think anyone has a really good solid solution. Anywhere there is lower income there is going to be drugs an violence. Look at the gangs we have here in US and the drug related murders there are here every year..
I believe the best thing to do is find a way to create some good, find ways to bring about positive changes at a young age. Teach the children of these areas about how to be the best person they can, that anything is possible and that they can move past all of this together. It's not going to fix it, but it's a start in the right direction.

Posted by nina April 10, 11 05:55 PM
97.

So much for "the only person you're hurting is yourself." Consumption of unnecessary and illegal drugs by drug addicts here have disastrous affects on innocent people in other countries. Let's all try to do are part by not consuming these illegal and unnecessary drugs.

Posted by Carlos Alvarez April 10, 11 07:42 PM
98.

Looking at No.8 , a certain quote eerily rings true. I can forgive my enemies but I will never forgive my friends.

Drug wars are taking many a innocent man's lives. And even children and women are getting killed. May God bring peace to Mexico.

Posted by Arun April 11, 11 12:16 AM
99.

When there is demand, supply will follow, no matter what laws are in place.

Posted by Todd Richards April 11, 11 12:35 AM
100.

Sólo Dios puede salvar a México, ni Calderón con el Ejército, ni Estados Unidos ni nada de este mundo. ¿Cuánto tiempo va a pasar para que México le pida ayuda al Único que lo puede sacar de ésto? Oremos porque no sea mucho, si México se pudiera salvar a sí mismo ya lo hubiera hecho.

Posted by Josue April 11, 11 01:44 AM
101.

#19 is so cruel

Posted by v April 11, 11 02:29 AM
102.

Drugs, Guns and Gangs are alike to a Virus that really hard to dismantle...but if all the hiding Drug lords and Leaders surrender peacefully there's still brand new day for Mexico, God himself forgives those have sins..it's not late to start all over again... so sad to remember the old Mexico with sweet smile and loving people, because of Drugs many are spoiled.

Posted by melecho April 11, 11 02:32 AM
103.

Documento fotografico incrivel!
Triste realidade do México que tambem é um dos paises que são
destruidos por esse mal chamado drogas.

Posted by nick April 11, 11 09:49 AM
104.

Truly sad. If only we expended as much energy and resources on this war as we do for OIL.

Posted by Greg April 11, 11 10:07 AM
105.

This is USA guilt. These drugs are not going to Mexico´s noses but American´s.

Posted by Evaristo Ciganda April 11, 11 10:09 AM
106.

Typo in number 4: Check spelling on Cuitláhuac

Posted by joshhibschman April 11, 11 11:04 AM
107.

As long as America keep selling war weaponry in stores this will go on.. but im afraid the profit of the weapon's industry is more important than a bunch of beaners

Posted by Gus April 11, 11 11:06 AM
108.

All of this madness just so people can have a temporary reprieve from reality; Just sad.

Posted by Anonymous April 11, 11 11:07 AM
109.

Prohibition leads to crime. Trying to solve social, economic, and health issues with punishment leads to crime. Defining lifestyle choices as criminal acts leads to crime. Arbitrarily defining people as criminals leads to crime. Alcohol prohibition proved this in the past, drug prohibition proves this in the present.

Legalize and regulate and severely punish true crimes like murder, rape, theft, robbery, extortion, graft, blackmail, and kidnapping. Those are examples of true crimes. Even if you personally think that the technical production and consumption of drugs and alcohol is bad, that it is pure evil. Realize that it's a moral question to be debated, a personal choice to be made. You can choose to live your life and let others live theirs, not fight, a shadowy bogeyman, by proxy in a never ending, futile war.

If you truthfully want to fight evil, then fight back against the organized criminals and the organized criminal justice system. Both exist and line their pockets because of prohibition. Both exist to destroy and control the people. Both exist in a feedback loop of true crimes. Murder, rape, theft, robbery, extortion, graft, blackmail and kidnappings. They are blood siblings bent on controlling us.

Posted by Maria April 11, 11 11:10 AM
110.

WASHINGTON - Federal agent John Dodson says what he was asked to do was beyond belief.


He was intentionally letting guns go to Mexico?

"Yes ma'am," Dodson told CBS News. "The agency was."


An Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms senior agent assigned to the Phoenix office in 2010, Dodson's job is to stop gun trafficking across the border. Instead, he says he was ordered to sit by and watch it happen.


Investigators call the tactic letting guns "walk." In this case, walking into the hands of criminals who would use them in Mexico and the United States. Dodson's bosses say that never happened. Now, he's risking his job to go public.


"I'm boots on the ground in Phoenix, telling you we've been doing it every day since I've been here," he said. "Here I am. Tell me I didn't do the things that I did. Tell me you didn't order me to do the things I did. Tell me it didn't happen. Now you have a name on it. You have a face to put with it. Here I am. Someone now, tell me it didn't happen."


Agent Dodson and other sources say the gun walking strategy was approved all the way up to the Justice Department. The idea was to see where the guns ended up, build a big case and take down a cartel. And it was all kept secret from Mexico.


ATF named the case "Fast and Furious."
Surveillance video obtained by CBS News shows suspected drug cartel suppliers carrying boxes of weapons to their cars at a Phoenix gun shop. The long boxes shown in the video being loaded in were AK-47-type assault rifles.


So it turns out ATF not only allowed it - they videotaped it.


Documents show the inevitable result: The guns that ATF let go began showing up at crime scenes in Mexico. And as ATF stood by watching thousands of weapons hit the streets... the Fast and Furious group supervisor noted the escalating Mexican violence.


One e-mail noted, "958 killed in March 2010 ... most violent month since 2005." The same e-mail notes: "Our subjects purchased 359 firearms during March alone," including "numerous Barrett .50 caliber rifles."

Dodson feels that ATF was partly to blame for the escalating violence in Mexico and on the border. "I even asked them if they could see the correlation between the two," he said. "The more our guys buy, the more violence we're having down there."


Senior agents including Dodson told CBS News they confronted their supervisors over and over.


Their answer, according to Dodson, was, "If you're going to make an omelette, you've got to break some eggs."

There was so much opposition to the gun walking, that an ATF supervisor issued an e-mail noting a "schism" among the agents. "Whether you care or not people of rank and authority at HQ are paying close attention to this case...we are doing what they envisioned.... If you don't think this is fun you're in the wrong line of work... Maybe the Maricopa County jail is hiring detention officers and you can get $30,000 ... to serve lunch to inmates..."


"We just knew it wasn't going to end well. There's just no way it could," Dodson said.

SORRY AMERICANS, OPEN YOUR EYES... MEXICO IS NOT THE PROBLEM... USA IS THE REAL PROBLEM... YOUR GOBERNANTES THEY ARE THE REAL "CAPOS" THE REAL "KILLERS OF MEXICAN AND COLOMBIAN PEOPLE"
I'M TERRIFYN WHEN I THING HOW MANY HIDE OPERATIONS USA DOES WITH ILLEGAL GUNS IN MEXICO... IT IS VERY SAD... IT SHOW US THE REAL FACE OF OUR ECONOMICAL NORTHAMERICAN PARTNER... IT'S A REAL SHAME

Posted by Macario April 11, 11 02:28 PM
111.

War is War ! I Am A Vet-Nam Combat Veteran, The Only Difference Between This War That Mexico is Fighting is That It Involves it's Own People ! As Long As The Demand For Their Product Remains , They Will NOT STOP Producing The Drugs That Are Being Imported Into The US By The Tons ! The Demand Is The Problem, We Her In The US have Millions Of Our Own That Are Addicted To Their Products. As Soon As We Discover A Way That They Are Bringing Their Poison Across Our Borders, They Find A New and Much More Suffisticated Way Of Getting Pass Our Border Patrol ! The Problem Has To Be Elimanated In Their Country, And We Must Create Awareness To Our Population here State Side ! God Bless America !

Posted by Jorge Corrochano April 11, 11 02:36 PM
112.

As a mexican I am sad that this is part of the reality in Mexico. The problem is much worse than only drugs; insecurity, extorsion, kidnaps, etc. We no longer trust police and I used to be more proud of the army

I dont think Calderon has bad intention doing the drug war, actually I support, and not like many other (left wing mostly) who think we should pact with the cartel, left them do whatever they want and the goverment just close eyes, that is wrong...

I'd think we should analyse again the strategy, the purpose is rigth, the way to do it may not be.

Posted by aeiffel April 11, 11 03:19 PM
113.

I agree... let's LEGALIZE. But let's legalize in both Mexico AND the US.
- Let's legalize drug transport and consumption in Mexico AND the whole US.
- Let's legalize drug consumption in Mexico AND the whole US.
- Let's legalize and all pay our taxes to live happily ever after. In Mexico AND the whole US.
- Let's legalize and proclaim a new NAFTA: NARCO America Free Trade Agreement. Mexico, US AND why not?... Canada.
- Let's legalize, and open our borders to new commodities: Marijuana, Cocain, and Heroin to the North. Weapons and tons of dollars to the South. In Mexico AND the US.
- Let's legalize prostitution,as a means to support drug consumption. In Mexico AND the US.

It's a COMPLEX PROBLEM, with an EASY SOLUTION!... LET'S LEGALIZE!!

In both Mexico, AND the whole US.

Posted by Opi April 11, 11 03:47 PM
114.

very powerful and sad images, and only few of the many many more that could have been captured by these talented photographers...


However, I would like to provide another reality about Mexico...

I am a 33 year old, middle class mexican male. I travel frequently to the states of Guerrero, Morelos, Edo. de Mexico, San Luis Potosi, Michoacan, Guanajuato, Queretaro and to the Federal District... and I have never witnessed a single act of drug related violence first hand, nor have I ever seen a gun fired with the intent to hurt someone... Clearly, it happens. But like me, there are millions of other mexicans (and foreigners living in Mexico) who have never witnessed something like what you see in these images, ever. I am not trying to imply "out of sight-out of mind", nor do I want to try to sweep this horrible side of Mexico under the rug, this is a very real and serious problem that needs to be solved… I do however, want to remind those who may form conclusive opinions about Mexico exclusively through these images… as true as this situation is, there is also a Mexico that is entirely opposite from this reality. A fantastic place to live and visit, where people are friendly and helpful.

I have tried to put the murder numbers into perspective, a comparative analysis…

Our most important economic, political and cultural neighbor, who is also our ally in this war, the United States of America, had about 70,000 murders between the years 2006 and 2010 vs. 37,000 murders in Mexico during the same time period. Breaking down these numbers... about 95% of the murders occurring in Mexico are directly related to drug-war activity, involving either law enforcement personnel or drug cartels members... for arguments sake, let's assume that 50% of the US murders are also directly related to the drug-war (although in reality I think this number is much lower). This leaves the following numbers: 35,000 non-drug related murders in the United States vs. 1,850 non-drug related murders in Mexico... considering 307 million people in the US vs 112 million in Mexico… population weighted numbers are: 11.4 murders per 100,000 people in the United States vs. 1.6 / 100,000 in Mexico... if anyone thinks this is an exaggeration, then let's say that I am off by a factor of 2, so the numbers would be 5.7 US vs. 1.6 Mexico…therefore, if you lived in the United States during the time period of 2006-2010 and you were NOT directly related to the drug-war (law enforcement or drug cartel/gang member) you were 3.5 times more likely to be murdered in the United States than in Mexico, yes three point five times more likely to be murdered in the United States than in Mexico...

I want to be careful not to seem as though I am trying to undervalue of each and every life that has been violently taken in this un-winnable "war", but it is important to keep in mind that Mexico is not as dangerous for the average non-drug-involved person as it may seem by reading the news… it is the terrorizing and graphic manner in which these murders take place that has such an impact and makes such visible headlines that make it seem as though Mexico is rampant with violence… but for the average person living in Mexico, this is not the case.

How to fix it (?)…

in my opinion, and as others in this thread have mentioned, the only way defeat the drug cartels is to legalize drugs, all drugs… it will be the only way to stop the absurd amount of money these cartels are making… they have billions of dollars at their disposal every year… … the margins on these products are astronomical, the majority of the income is used to bribe and corrupt the entire supply chain. from production to final user, so from Mexico, Colombia, Peru, etc all the way to our most important economic, political and cultural neighbor, the United States… and it would be naive to believe that corruption has not infiltrated the United States…

from the CIA factbook (illicit drugs):

(United States) world's largest consumer of cocaine (shipped from Colombia through Mexico and the Caribbean), Colombian heroin, and Mexican heroin and marijuana; major consumer of ecstasy and Mexican methamphetamine; minor consumer of high-quality Southeast Asian heroin; illicit producer of cannabis, marijuana, depressants, stimulants, hallucinogens, and methamphetamine; money-laundering center

(Mexico) major drug-producing nation; cultivation of opium poppy in 2007 rose to 6,900 hectares yielding a potential production of 18 metric tons of pure heroin, or 50 metric tons of "black tar" heroin, the dominant form of Mexican heroin in the western United States; marijuana cultivation increased to 8,900 hectares in 2007 and yielded a potential production of 15,800 metric tons; government conducts the largest independent illicit-crop eradication program in the world; continues as the primary transshipment country for US-bound cocaine from South America, with an estimated 90% of annual cocaine movements toward the US stopping in Mexico; major drug syndicates control the majority of drug trafficking throughout the country; producer and distributor of ecstasy; significant money-laundering center; major supplier of heroin and largest foreign supplier of marijuana and methamphetamine to the US market (2007)

Demand will ALWAYS be met, if the drugs come through Mexico or Canada, air, tunnel, truck or boat… and if they are produced in Asia, Africa, Mexico or South America… if there is a consumer willing to pay the prices, the supply will be met… even if the United States built an iron wall and stopped all imports (legal and illegal), someone would start to produce it internally, and that someone will exist as long as there is demand (period). it is impossible to suppress this system trying to stop supply. The only way to stop all of the criminal activity surrounding drugs is economically, making it unattractive… and this initiative MUST begin in the United States, where the majority of the drugs on the planet are consumed.

Stop empowering drug cartels by keeping it illegal …the people who use drugs, will use them whether they are legal or not… and if it's legal at least it can be controlled (quality), managed and people can be educated and given rehab…


Posted by MST April 11, 11 11:52 PM
115.

Meh...y'all needed to legalize a long time ago.

Posted by Sousuke @ Tenebris Visuals April 12, 11 12:57 AM
116.

At comment 113.

Maybe you also want to legalize murders for drug business, or phone extortion, or the payment of a protection fee so you can work or just get around without being shot, or kidnapping to ask for rescue, or the abuse of hundreds of innocent women who are sold as prostitutes. Yeah, as if legalizing would change everything, make everything more bearable, less appalling, less shocking, just because it's legal.Yeah, legalization is the way to go... such disgraceful way to think.

WAKE UP U.S.A. AND HELP US!!! This is no joke!!! We can't stand living like this anymore. WAKE UP AND HELP US because this is already crossing your borders, and not because we MEXICANS want, but because YOU LET IT HAPPEN. Just look at what happened with THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS failed operation authorized and supported by not only one, but many of your goverment agencies. Barret machine guns sold as just like that, as if they were toys??? Who in the world needs a barret machine gun??? Thousands of guns were let to enter Mexico for the drug cartels, and all you can say is "Sorry, we made a mistake, it went wrong". And the dead people what??? Who says sorry to them or their families??? Ironically, it was one of those guns the one used to kill U.S. officer Jaime Zapata here in Mexico... call that karma.

I'm not a hater, and if I speak roughly it's just because I am fed up of living with fear. I dont deserve that. I am a good man, like millions of other Mexicans, and I deserve to live in peace, just like any other American.

I invite you to see our tears, smell our fear, hear our crying and understand our grief. EVERY DOSE OF DRUGS IT IS STAINED WITH BLOOD. PLEASE, DONT HAVE "FUN" AT THE COST OF OUR LIVES.

God bless my precious, beautiful and so so much loved Mexico, my home, my everything.

Posted by Jhonny April 12, 11 01:24 AM
117.

Escalofriante recopilación de imágenes que nos muestran la realidad de lo que se está viviendo en Mexico. Ojala llegue el día en que todo esto se erradique de aquel país.

Posted by Jorge April 12, 11 03:39 AM
118.

No. 9, Mmmm.. dinner time... What a sick country. And they're supposed to be all Catholic and religious. Pffffft

Posted by BlogShag April 12, 11 04:24 AM
119.

CLARO QUE ES DE ADMIRAR EL GOBIERNO, POR FIN SE ENFRENTAN AL NARCO QUE ESTABA CONTROLANDO NUESTRO MÉXICO POR QUE LOS GOBIERNOS ANTERIORES A SI LO PERMITIERON, ERA OBVIO QUE HABRÍA COSECUENCIAS Y SOLO DEBEMOS RECORDAR, QUE HACE MAS RUIDO EL CAÑÓN DE UN ARMA QUE UNA BESO SABEMOS LO QUE TENEMOS EN MÉXICO Y QUE ES HERMOSO PARA MI BASTA QUE MI GENTE SEPA LO QUE TIENE

Posted by MÉXICANO April 12, 11 10:26 AM
120.

#19 ... so hard...

Posted by Popor April 12, 11 11:10 AM
121.

Don't blame the USA. The Mexican people stood by and let the filth take over their communities. The drug lords would not have gotten a hold if the people had started shooting back, if the young men and women of the villages chose not to take the money and look the other direction, if the sons of Mexico didn't willfully sign up to be lieutenants or mules in the drug gangs. Don't blame the USA. The Mexicans are good people by and large, but they have facilitated this plaque with their silence and inaction.

Posted by Chuy April 12, 11 12:47 PM
122.

I still believe that Mexico's problems are Mexico's, not those of the United States. To believe that drug users north of the border are going to bear responsibility for this violence, or to believe that the carnage will be ended only when American drug use falls, is to believe that Mexico's peace and prosperity are entirely dependent upon the goodwill and forbearance of drug addicts in the United States. I refuse to believe that any nation of people could be so utterly supine and pitiful.

Posted by Justinian April 12, 11 07:00 PM
123.

Como que este es un mundo de muertos ¿No les parece?

As this is a world of the dead. Do not you think?

And this won't end. Y no acabará.

Posted by Anónimo April 12, 11 08:38 PM
124.

I bet all those who advocate legalizing illegal substances are drug user themselves, most likely marijuana users.

Alcohol is legal and yet 25,000 people die in alcohol related deaths every year.
Cigarettes is legal and yet 443,000 people die of tobacco related illness every year.

13 million Americans are addicted to illegal substances from marijuana, cocaine, heroin and meth and spend a between $60 to $80 billions in health related care every year not to mention the loss of productivity revenue from drug addicted employees.

Legalizing illicit drugs will only increase the numbers of user, addicts and fatalities including innocent people caught in the crossfire.
There is absolutely no reason why anyone should try drugs or for that matter, legalizing it!

Despite the numbers of needless death, there are a lot of people pushing for legalizing illicit drugs and I just don't understand why anyone would allow dangerous substances to be easily bought like a pack of gum at seven eleven store?

Posted by Henry T April 12, 11 09:15 PM
125.

Regardless of what you might say or think about this war, there is one common denominator between us all, we do not want this war to continue for the next 4 to 5 years, we as Mexican citizens and truly proud people have to support one of the very first honest/sane presidents we've ever had. Felipe Calderon is a great man and has put everything at risk (Including the life of his family and himself, if you don't believe that, look for the death threat notes the Michoacan Cartel sent him along with news on attempting to murder him in the past.) And he has risked all of this because he believes in a nation with a great future ahead of it, we must all take action, Mexicans and Americans.

Mexicans — Stop bitching and start taking action.

Americans — Stop selling weapons to anyone who comes off the street asking for one, we found out that 90% of all decommissioned cartel weaponry came from the US.

Sincerely,
A 21 year old Mexican citizen.

Posted by AM April 13, 11 02:23 PM
126.

@comment 45. First of all, you're not talking to me, cause I despise drugs and have never used anything worse than alcohol and weed; and that was when I was young and stupid in high school.

To this day I stand my ground and warn against the dangers of a drug that many consider benign but isn't --alcoholic drinks. I do not smoke, take drugs, drink because I have respect for myself. Unfortunately a lot of people have weak personalities and don't think the way I do about toxic substances that they can ingest

Posted by blogshag April 13, 11 03:28 PM
127.

@122, obviously you have been living under a rock if you think that the drug users in the United States aren't responsible for the escalating cartel wars in Mexico. It's about supply and demand. As long as the users and abusers in the United States continue to demand marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, the drug cartels will be more than happy to supply billions of dollar to users and will kill anyone who gets in their way.
To think otherwise is just plain stupid.
China in the 1800's had extreme problem with opium and millions of Chinese were addicted. It took a very long time before the Chinese government manage to handle the problem. That is why distribution of illegal drugs in China carries the death penalty. It doesn't matter if you are Chinese or Foreigner, if you get caught with more than 50 grams of heroin, you are dead. Convicts are do not have much time to appeal their drug conviction. Usually within 2-3 years after conviction, the prisoner is put to death.
I personally don't believe in capital punishment but there are instances where such a punishment would be applicable.

Posted by John S April 13, 11 06:57 PM
128.

Mexico needs to cede to America. Then everyone will all be Americans and the problem can be handled by the military. Americans want the Citizens of Mexico to join their workforce legally, The Citizens of Mexico want to freely enter into America without problem or hassle. The current political party of Mexico laughable. Corruption and ignorance runs rampant, this way the problem would be solved. Americans would JUMP at the chance to buy land in Mexico. Not some flimsy lease. Get a few wealthy Americans down there - Viola! Crime will be swept elsewhere, somewhere like South America. Don't mess with the rich. They will solve problems with or without a constitution, and it will be done quickly. Imagine the Real Estate Opportunities!

It's ugly and the only solution to this is ugly and no one wants to admit it. Either take the problem head on, or pussyfoot around it and kill more innocent people. I truly feel bad for all the honest innocent people that have to deal with this nonsense. I say string them all up. Users too.

Posted by simon April 13, 11 07:03 PM
129.

#19 is the most saddest of all the pics.
I am still trying to figure out how on earth a girl of 6-7 years suppose to be killed.
Are these people are human! I really doubt so.
That girl having her entire life in front of her and next she was lying lifeless.
If its not for corruption in force and police the country would get rid of drugs and gangs.

Posted by Prince April 14, 11 02:31 PM
130.

Vivo en Chihuahua, y en verdad todos los dias salimos a trabajar con la esperanza de volver sanos y salvos a casa, esperando no toparnos con sicarios o asaltantes que no les importa terminar con la vida de personas inocentes. Se escuha cada historia de miedo, por que sabemos que la guerra no es solo entre ellos sino que se llevan a muchos inocentes por delante, este es un Pais sin ley nos tienen en sus manos!!! que desgracia tan grande estamos viviendo.........

Posted by cynty April 14, 11 03:50 PM
131.

Que triste es ver como nuetsro país esta muy lejos de ser lo que el Presidente Felipe Calderon dice: "estamos luchando contra el crimen organizado y el narcotrafico". Lo único que ha generado es una gran ola de violencia que esta cobrando muchas vidas, tanto de, ciciles como de agente sin contar las personas inocentes que se estan llevando en medio de esto.

Posted by Cayetana April 14, 11 07:21 PM
132.

Mexico need Fortune (FHTM) so wealth can be created without drugs. All these runners and users, as well as non-drug-using citizens, watch TV, have internet, have cell phones! When there is not an opportunity to earn a decent living, crime and drug-use flourishes.

Posted by Lia April 15, 11 12:40 PM
133.

legalization WOULD be the answer to this and let me tell you why:

It has been said a million times on this page by those that get it, but legalization would in fact put these gangsters out of business. Erase their income and they can't afford automatic weapons. Sure, you'll have the idiots who want to do drugs because "hey man, it's legal!" but those idiots might learn real quick that it's not for them and move on with their life to do something great.

You must realize that there is an allure to that which is illegal that promotes use more so than if it were totally open and out there. I strongly believe that to move forward with mankind we need to understand that erasing this temptation based on that allure would in fact lead to a more productive and enlightened society.

@ #68 that "people who advocate legalizing drugs are drug users" you have it wrong my friend. You likely have never done drugs, good for you, but I'm sorry you are just a young soul. People who have and have experienced other states of consciousness are in fact more conscious in the normal waking state than you. It is this openness to change and opportunity that results in a lot of the people for legalization to be people who have experience with drug use. Again, enlightenment and toleration of others will lead to a lot more respect for your fellow man, and a lot less of the despicable violence. Let others do as they wish and do not judge them. Bus drivers and pilots would still be drug tested, let's be serious. Drugs aren't for those kind of people anyway.

I'm sad that the U.S. is more concerned with seizing oil in Africa than for the good of our neighbors and state of the union. There is opportunity here to create a more enlightened population which would in turn result in North American potentially moving ahead again rather than winding down toward a fate of a lost golden age and state of depression.

Posted by Taylor Duncan April 15, 11 05:56 PM
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una perfecta definición del término "círculo vicioso": estados unidos exigue drogas de méxico y les paga con armas, mexicanos matense entre ustedes pero no dejen de darme drogas y yo les pago con mas armas.,..

Posted by blanca medina April 17, 11 11:53 AM
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The "decriminalization" of "soft" drugs is one obvious way to hurt the cartels, but those advocating that the problem is the demand for drugs need to go one step further and ask "Why is the demand for recreational drugs so high?". As noted elsewhere in this thread, recreational drug use is highest in the most developed economies where day to day life is NOT simply a struggle to stay alive.

Is it possible that the promises implied by successful economies are actually meaningless and empty? Is that why the US has not only the largest per capita drug use, but also the largest per capita religious affiliation?

Posted by GutKaok April 17, 11 05:47 PM
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Que fácil sería legalizar las drogas, durante el gobierno del PRI se permitio que los carteles operaran, ( has tu chamba y yo la mia ), inseguridad, secuestros, robo ETC
Y ahora que alguien tiene los huevos para combatir el crimen ya nadie quiere sangre esto es una guerra señores habrá sangre!

Por mi que todos mueran de sobredosis, pero el problema esta en que no se mueren rapido y causan daños a la sociedad.

El real problema serà quien va a gobernarnos despues, el PRI de nuevo, tengo miedo de que eso pase

no soy panista ni PRDista obviamente ni priista, solo tengo miedo de saber que pedazo de pendejo va a gobernarnos, y el gran problema esta en cada uno de nosotros como ciudadanos, no podemos ser responsables como mexicanos siquiera de no tirar basura o no dar mordida

Posted by Rhydderk April 18, 11 01:16 PM
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No puedo creer que hasta aca pueda ver comentarios de mi propia gente Mexicana decir que LA CULPA DE TODO LA TIENE ESTADOS UNIDOS...que verguenza en realidad, ahora puedo ver que esta en nuestra cultura aventarle la culpa a otro para sentirnos menos culpables de el derramamiento de sangre que existe en nuestro pais...ciertamente no se podra cambiar nada pensando de esa manera.

Posted by Jaime costecho April 18, 11 05:14 PM
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I'm sorry, but everyone placing the blame on drug users and sellers aren't looking at the big picture. Do you drink caffiene, take Tylenol, drink alcohol, taken cough medicine, pain pills from the Dr? Guess what, you've done drugs.

The cartels profit off drugs BECAUSE they are illegal. If you legalize ALL drugs there cannot be an many made for the cartels. The biggest portion of their funding comes from this. Not only this, but you take away the criminal stigma so drug users stop acting like criminals. There is nothing criminal about using chemicals to alters one's mind or the way the body deals with incoming stimuli. Concerned about people harming themselves if it were to become legal? Do a quick search on the current statistics for deaths from all legal and illegal drugs. It won't change much once the initial rush for "safer legalized drugs" ends and the newness wares. In countries with decriminalization of personal quantities of drugs, there has been a decline in crime and health problems as well as drug use in general.

Wake up! Many animals use things to alter their consciousness, punishing the users won't do anything but put us in debt. We already are trying to incarcerate anyone who may of possibly gotten high.

Drugs don't kill people, people kill people.

Want to inform people who do drugs about what their money supports? Then show them this so they can have a bit of power with where their money goes. With drugs being illegal, the power goes to the cartels and the drug enforcement agencies making money off the busts.

Don't point the finger back at people who are just like you and cause destruction of lives like the cartels do!

Posted by Time to Find Me April 18, 11 10:24 PM
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I am amazed to see people who suggest that we, In Mexico, should create laws to prevent this, and I say this because , for people outside of Mexico, where a democracy is half-working, you know that this shouldn't happen,and that your vote can really change your future, but in Mexico, it is way beyond that point...Legislators work toward the interest of the few, and many of those 'few' are related, or in business with the Drug Cartels, so, they work for the drug cartels.
the violence in Mexico will end, ONLY when a super power, like the US, will intervene, and help us' re boot' our system, and then, maybe then, we will have true freedom... it is sad, but it is the truth, Mexico is beyond the point where we can help ourselves. we are not stupid, the real issue is that we have had excessively corrupt governments for decades, catholic church keeping the people ignorant and submissive, it started to change only a few years back, 15- 20 years tops, and that kind of evil always end up on this...now, the real problem for the US is that we are your souther neighbors, this is happening in your backyard.....and I don't think that most US citizens realize the size of the threat this is until you start seeing dismembered bodies on your way to drop off your kids to school...and it has already started, but the media is covering it up...do a little research in El Paso and McAllen, etc border towns...

Posted by Daniel April 19, 11 01:41 PM
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Juarez : 4000 deaths in one year
4 in El Paso, across the border
Mexican people pay by their lives to feed the US market with drugs
More people in jail and still the market is growing, more and more consumers, the repression model is definately not working...

Posted by Chris April 23, 11 12:21 PM
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Mkae it legal and the problam is gone

Posted by Ben April 24, 11 12:33 AM
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as a Mexican 20 year old guy... I feel clearly superior reading those brainless and racist Us people comments ; ) bunch of haterz

Posted by laiho April 24, 11 01:51 AM
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I live in Mexico and i Love Mexico and its sad to hear that everything that is currently happening its our fault but what about the US, if all the guns that kill our people here and all the Drugs you consume come from Mexico but how it get distributed ? why doesn't the FBI or DEA ever caught a big CAPO or CARTEL LEADER in the US who is the Chapo Guzman in the US or who is the Familia Michoacana or what about the CArtel of Sinaloa there's must be somebody behind all the Trafficking of drugs in the USA, there's no way all drugs that comes from MExico get magically distributed in the US , think About it . . .

Posted by alexFlores April 24, 11 05:01 PM
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Mexico federal goverment has the hands tied because in the near future, will have federal elections, so all the parties out of the goverment´s, do not want to affect their image, in other words, the possible solutions to the problem have become political, all the States involved are governed by opposition parties, in such a way that the President in spite of his recomendations to those goverments, has not got any answer. I consider that the next step the President should do is to officially declare the war in those States and be radical with the "carteles". To free the drug dealing is out of the question due to the following.

1.- Drug dealers will extend their activities to extorsion, abduction, etc., in fact, it is already increasing these. Again, the Army and the Marine will have to support federal goverment, the local States will not do anything.

2.- Everybody gives solutions against the drugs but I have read a few opinions of the main problem: The profit, Mexico drug dealers sell the drug 90 % cheaper than the price the buyers sell it in their countries.

3.- Because of the above, there is no blood in USA or Europe, in those areas the goverments do not fight the "caryeles" as Mexico does because all that money stays in their areas and by "laundering" the money, the problem finishes. Has somebody read or watch that those countries have checked where the money obtained by selling drugs goes ?, the profits are used for investments and the economy improves in some percentage.

4.- In addition to those profits, paying with guns and other type of arms to the "carteles" aids in a way to wash the money (paying merchandise with merchandise ), round business.

5.- Meanwhile Mexico continues putting the corps and the other areas the weapons and in addition Mexico will accept all the restrictions and acusations the other areas demand, no possible solutions will result positive.

6.- Finally, and this is complicated for me to say because I love my country, the possible solutions will come when our mediocre men who control the politics decide to act as citizens in benefit of population who elected them, and not only to act for their interest or their party, this country will change in benefit of all the population, meanwhile we will have to accept that not a single man can win this war.

Posted by R Cruz April 25, 11 02:16 PM
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Legalize drugs??? What do you think the cartel memebers will do then? Will we have to legalize kidnappings, extortion, robbery and theft next? Mexico has tolerated mordida for decades if not centuries, sadly, Mexico is reaping what it has sown. The cartel members are evil in the purest sense. The people of Mexico have come to the end of the road and they must formulate a strategy and fight these cartel members to the death. It is their only way out. The U.S. has fought and died around the world to free oppressed people, it's time for the Mexicans to quit hiding out in the U.S. and go home and fight for their country. Quiting this fight is not an option, they must fight on.

Posted by Frank S. April 25, 11 08:31 PM
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I´m from Mexico, currrently based on Mexico City. However, most of my life I spent it on Guerrero, now a very violent state. And it´s really sad to me all this that´s happening. People´s life´s changed incredibly in the last 6 years. And more than legalizing drugs (the easy fast "solution"), for me is preventing consumption. I feel so hypocrit for us mexicans to say "it´s USA´s consumers fault", as if we didn´t know a lot of people who sells, consumes and distributes drug here in our comunities. Damn, it pisses me off, it really does. When we, as a country, start to stand for what´s our fault, things will start to change. So the government can´t fight with drug dealers on a daily basis? Why then our government doesn´t start prevention programs? For me, is as guilty the one who demands drug as the one who distributes them and kills for you to have it. I´m not saying if it´s right or wrong, But at the end, we have to start accepting these facts.

Posted by Erick April 25, 11 11:55 PM
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i feel sorry for all the people that are getting killed dayly over their its really sad that drug violence is this bad down their. may god be with them.

Posted by Ashleigh April 29, 11 01:24 PM
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La guerra contra las drogas nos está matando... No es justo que pueblos otrora sanos y amables como el colombiano y el mejicano tengan que pagar los platos rotos de la iniciativa más estúpida que se le ocurrió a los gobernantes estadounidenses durante la segunda parte del siglo XX. Esta absurda lucha no tiene motivaciones morales ni sanitarias, sólo pretende evitar la fuga de dólares del imperio hacia otros lugares pero no ha cosechado sino corrupción, violencia y muerte. En ella no hay ganadores; todos, todos resultamos perdedores. Es el momento de repensar y replantear semejante estrategia obtusa y fallida.

Posted by Carlosé Mejía May 1, 11 12:57 PM
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