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Former President Of Mexico Discusses Ways To Stop Drug-Related Violence

I never thought I would be applauding Vincente Fox. Even though I'm not 100% convinved about legalization, I'm glad that someone is finally admitting that the current strategies of drug control are failing to end drug use and has created a violent black market.

It's good to keep an open mind - you never know where you'll find allies. Now if I could only convince Fox to have a coffee and talk with me about privatization.

April 7, 2011 at 10:27 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

"8 Murders a Day" Documents Tragic Violence In Juarez, Mexico

I keep hearing people suggest that bringing back the death penalty is going to end drug violence in Mexico. The Green Party campaigned on it last July.

It is comforting to think that there is a simple policy change - like the death penalty - that would put an end to the violence and solve this complex social problem. But cartel soldiers are already know they'll die. There's a saying in Tijuana - Mejor 5 anos como un rey de 50 como un huey. It roughly translates to better to live 5 years like a king than 50 on your knees (or 50 as a castrated bull).

The cartel foot soldiers are already under a death sentence. They know they'll get killed, but they don't care because of the instant money and the dark glamour. And as teenagers their ability to think of the long term consequences of their actions is minimal.

I probably won't change your mind, but I really don't think that this is an issue that the death penalty or the use of force is capable of solving.

April 7, 2011 at 10:21 a.m. ( | suggest removal )