The United States is scolding Mexico. Again.
Washington officials are expressing alarm that Mexico’s government is at risk of a “rapid and sudden collapse” because it is losing control of its territory to drug cartels, allowing drug-gang violence to spread out of control.
The drug problem most certainly is real. Mexico’s cartels are now the number one suppliers of illegal drugs into our country, and the rising flow of drug money into Mexico is already the fourth largest source of that country’s income. As assorted kingpins vie for control of the trade, horrific violence has erupted, not only targeting rival gangs, but also top government officials, the military, police, businesses bystanders, and others. More than 6,000 Mexicans were gunned down in these wars last year, with many of them having been tortured, beheaded, and otherwise brutalized.
What a gruesome mess, you might say — why don’t the Mexicans clean up their drug problem?
Start with this: It’s not their problem. Americans — not Mexicans — are the ones snorting the tons of narcotics being trafficked by the gangs. Our demand drives the trade, finances the kingpins, and promotes the carnage. Yet, rather than confronting our people’s addiction for what it is — a health issue — U.S. authorities continue to pretend they can stop the supply, spending billions each year on failed police actions.
As for the hellish slaughter, where do you think the gangs get the guns? Mexico has strict gun laws, prohibiting its citizens from buying the high-powered assault weapons the cartels are using. So 90 percent of their weaponry is coming from U.S. gun dealers — more than 6,000 of whom operate just on our side of the line. With a wink and a nod, they brazenly sell tens of thousands of these guns to be smuggled across the border.
Mexico supplies the drugs, but our country supplies the customers, the money, and the guns. Their war is our war.
Jim Hightower is a national radio commentator, writer, public speaker and author of the award-winning monthly newsletter, “The Hightower Lowdown”, visit www.jimhightower.com . Distributed by MinutmanMedia.org