Mrs. Hansen and Mr. Dare
English 1010 and College Government
19 December 2008
Drug Wars in Mexico
September 2008, in a town called Morelia, Michoacán, a grenade attack took place where eight were killed and hundreds were injured, bringing the death toll this year to more than 3,700 people (Miller). This is just the latest tally of lives that have been lost due to the ongoing drug war in Mexico. The competition to feed America’s drug habit has resulted in open warfare in Mexico among competing cartels, thus devastating the Mexican economy, endangering life, and demoralizing citizens: United States government must provide military aid to the Mexican government to prevent the spread of violence to America.
Legalization advocates claim the fight against drugs has not been won and is, in fact, unconquerable. They frequently state that people still take drugs, that drugs are widely available, and that efforts to change this are ineffective. To stop the demand of drugs in United States many advocates say that legalizing them is the only way to reduce the use of drugs and the war over them. The price of cocaine and methamphetamine has gone up according to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. The demand for drugs has risen which has brought the United States drug habit to nearly $60 billion (Brewer). The top three drugs—cocaine, marijuana, and methamphetamine—are an expanding business of $10 million a day. In 2007 United States was responsible for the booming business because $1.1 billion dollar of drugs was seized at three United States bases in the Columbia region. One of the areas that has much violence is the Rio Grande, where there is so much fear that it is slowly reaching the American border (Bury). However, the larger problem may be an assortment of American demand, Mexican supply, and a culture of corruption. Every business has its stock characters, and the drug business has more than most, the dealer,...