Comments:Mexico and world react to murdered journalists
|Comments from feedback form - "Mexico's gruesome civil war is..."
|04:26, 17 May 2012
Mexico's gruesome civil war is clearly a product of the failed policy of Prohibition.
Alcohol prohibition was a tremendous failure due to the incredible amount of crime and disorder it created. Human nature hasn't changed since the 1920s and early 30s. Then, the distribution of liquor was turned over to a whole new group of criminal entrepreneurs. Now, due to the drug war, dangerous mind altering substances are again being manufactured, smuggled and sold by criminals. Prohibition has turned Mexico into a civil war zone. Our intentions in prohibiting these substances may well be good, but the result of our inability to recognize the futility of such an action will both deepen and prolong the agony caused by this useless and dangerous policy.
The future depends on whether or not enough of us are willing to take a long look at the tragic results of prohibition. If we continue to skirt the primary issue while refusing to address the root problem then we can expect no other result than a worsening of the current dire situation. - Good intentions, wishful thinking and pseudoscience are no match for the immutable realities of human nature.
I'm glad more people can see where the problem is coming from. I fail to see the logic supplied by those who think that decriminalizing illicit substances will increase crime on both sides of the border. With the legalization of certain drugs the United States and Mexico will not only see a sharp decline in drug-related violence (no surprise) and they will save millions of dollars a year in processing and housing these "criminals". Also, with government taxing and regulation, there are great dividends to be had.