19 March, 2012
My Audience is American who are not aware of the drug war in Mexico. War of Greed
“ Violence and arms can never resolve the problems of men,” said Pope John Paul ll. Greed is something that poses to be a very large problem among these men. Humans are inherently greedy and over objects they desire and can become very self-interested. With this greed lives are at stake and are in danger in this drug war in Mexico. For a very long time now, drugs have been popular to many people around the world especially in the United States. As years have past, the demand for drugs have become higher and new laws have been installed by several countries to ban the spread and distribution of these drugs. With these new laws, an industry was created by people of the underworld leading to a rise in violence between all kinds of cultures. During the drug war going on in Mexico, a battle between governments and drug cartels has terrorized and murdered innocent United States and Mexican citizens making it an issue that needs to be addressed.
It remains to be inconclusive to when this war between the cartels, the United States and Mexican officials began. What has been thought to be the start of this war and its trade is the early stages of laws observing drug production, trade, and usage. Some of the laws that were put into legislation were the Opium Exclusion Act of 1909 and the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act of 1914. The Opium Exclusion Act banned the importation and possession of “smoking opium” but did not regulate other opium-based drugs. Later on, the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act regulated and taxed the production, importation, and distribution of opiates (Thomas NP). The more laws on drugs that have been put into effect, the harder it was to retrieve opium. The need for these drugs caused Americans to look towards Mexico where this drug was still legal. Mexico is a major part in trafficking the United States today. “Mexico serves as a key transit point for South American cocaine and as a major producer of other drugs destined for the United States,” (Thomas NP). As these drugs come out of Mexico, weapons from America are typically flown into Mexico in exchange for the narcotics. With many problems coming from this illegal trade, certain measures are being made by government officials. Even though there has been efforts to stop this trade, the cartels still flourish and have started a violent war with government officials and citizen, American and Mexican.
Today, Mexico’s situation has worsened. As trade continues, the war between the two sides has begun. Many people say it is the Mexican president Felipe Calderon’s fault for not stopping the violence. When Calderon took office in 2006, he decided to take an offensive stance against the cartels, which seemed to only make matters worse. The cartels have responded with many killings to scare off the government. To express their anger, the cartels have for the government, they have been killing citizen guilty of cartel affliction or innocent, and no one is safe. Anyone who stands up against the cartels is in severe danger as well as anyone who is involved in the cartels..
In November, 2008, Armando Rodriguez of El Diario newspaper in Ciudad Juarez became the fifth journalist murdered in Mexico in 2008 alone. These murders are no ordinary murders either because they have close connection to the drug war. Rodriguez was murdered on the violence carried out by the Zeta cartel, and consequently murdered for that he was trying to report(Thompson U.S. Agencies NP). The war is not only a battle between the government and the cartels, but also a bigger battle between cartels. Cartels are virtually fighting over Mexico. In order to dominate the trade routes, each cartel tries to kill off members from opposing cartels in an attempt to terrorize each other and force forfeiture. Because of this chaos, the public fears to step outside because anyone can be mistaken as being...