Worse than ISIS and Ebola: The Mexican Drug War
This is an excellent article written by John Haltiwanger, the Political Writer at Elite Daily:
The Mexican Drug War Has Killed More Americans Than ISIS Or Ebola Ever Could
“In recent weeks, much of America’s attention has been directed towards the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS or ISIL) and Ebola. ISIS shocked and enraged the world when it began broadcasting videos of the beheadings of American and British journalists. Likewise, the rapid spread of Ebola across West Africa and its eventual arrival in the US has sent a wave of panic across the nation.
“The truth is, however, that both of these are very regional threats. This is not to say that these issues should not be addressed, but that perhaps we aren’t keeping them in perspective. ISIS poses a much greater threat to Iraq and Syria than the United States, for example. Respectively, while a deadly Ebola outbreak is currently ravaging West Africa, it’s unlikely to spread across America.
“At the moment, however, another war is being waged both within the United States and the countries that neighbor it, primarily Mexico. We know this conflict as the War on Drugs, the most expensive failure in US history.
“It has been going on for decades, but escalated dramatically when the Mexican government, collaborating with the US, decided to take on Mexico’s drug cartels in 2006. This sparked the Mexican Drug War. The consequences of this decision have been devastating and brutally violent.
“This conflict has killed thousands of people while placing billions of dollars into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. Furthermore, primarily through bribes, the cartels have gained a great deal of influence over the political system in Mexico. Simply put, this conflict has helped the people it was meant to defeat.
“We have been so easily distracted by novel and unfamiliar challenges, such as Ebola and ISIS. Consequently, we have forgotten to address something that’s occurring right under our noses. This conflict has been ineffective, drained US tax dollars and claimed American lives…”
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