What Will Stop The Killings? Let’s Make A Deal

by David Simmonds

This isn’t going to be a popular opinion, especially coming from a coming-of-age-in-the-  
Sixties idealist, but here it is.

Mexico has a huge and growing problem with these drug cartel turf wars. A friend of mine, someone who knows Latin America very well, wonders if Mexico is on the destructive path to mayhem that consumed Colombia three decades ago, effectively destroying what tourist business they had at the time, not to mention the heart and soul of the country.

Mexico’s president, Calderon, has declared war on the drug lords, and I’m not sure that this is a war that can be won. The bad guys may be better armed and they seem to have little desire or incentive to back down from the fight. There are several boatloads of money at stake and greed and power are rarely negotiated. This is extremely ugly and bound to get worse.

 So far the tourist trade has not been greatly affected by the gun battles and the occasional stray head found in a paper bag. But it could come to that as a show of force, and ultimately, a bargaining chip. And in my mind that’s how this problem is finally going to get solved…making a deal.

The feds are going to have to choose one of the two powerful cartels and start negotiations. They tell the drug boss “okay, you guys run your operation, and we’ll help shut down your competition. Just make sure the drugs are flowing to the U.S., not to our cities and our kids. And quit scaring the crap out of everyone so that our tourism business is not in jeopardy”.

You see, that’s how problems are often solved in the real world. Accommodations are made to achieve a goal. It’s not always moral, or even desirable, but it has been going on since recorded history. There really aren’t many guys with white hats on…they mostly wear gray.

3 thoughts on “What Will Stop The Killings? Let’s Make A Deal”

  1. Hi Dave,

    I just read your blog on What Will Stop the Killings, and I totally agree with what you wrote. I don’t know Mexico anywhere nearly as well as you and Chris, but what you said makes perfect sense in my humble opinion. I’m really glad Chris forwards some of your writings to me as I sincerely value what you have to say on this extremely interesting and so-close-to-home subject. Let’s hope something gets figured out soon by those in power before Mexico’s tourism business actually does become seriously affected.

    Take care,

  2. There is really only one thing that will stop the killings and I know that this will not be a popular opinion either. I have been anti drug all of my 75 years but I now realize that the only answer is to leagalize drugs, tax the hell out of their sales, and use the tax money plus some of the money saved in the war against drugs for drug addiction programs. Nothing else will work. The US proved it during Prohibition.

  3. So, the doctor gives you the bad news: you have cancer. You have two choices, try to negotiate with the cancer cells and try to convince them that it is in their best interest to coexist with the rest of your body… or use radiation, Quimo, etc. to fight the tumors…

    I completely agree that the root cause of the problem is the Puritanic Prohibition of all drugs in the US. Unfortunately, Mexico alone cannot solve that problem, it is up to the people in the US to elect a government capable of facing reality. Until that happens (if ever), Mexico has to fight the cancer that the drug trade creates in our society. Back in the 1970’s 80’s and 90’s several state governments in Mexico made a deal with the Cartels: Do not make waves (and share some of your profits) and we will leave you alone. The result of those deals: Very powerful cartels who have now enough power to threaten National Security in Mexico. It was a bad idea then and it would be a bad idea now. It is impossible to negotiate with drug lords as it is impossible to negotiate with you cancer cells. They know no ethics and respect no deals.

    Now, what about looking north of the border and forcing the US to accept the responsibility for the drug problems there and here. Even the weapons used by drug gangs in Mexico come from the US (which leads me to believe that drug gangs in the US are as well armed or better armed than the ones in Mexico). If there is apparently less violence in the US it may be because drug gangs are free to operate there. Allowing the cancer cells to grow in the US is not the solution either. The root cause of the problem has to be attacked.

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