Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Muzzled Press

Monday's attack on the newspaper El Mañana in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico has its intended effect: The paper plans to scale back its coverage of murders in that border city.

The San Antonio Express-News says the Mexican daily, which already refrains from printing names of suspects, will move its stories on the killings from its front page to inside the paper.
"There is no point in investigating narcotrafficking," Ramon Cantu Deandar, the paper's editor, said Tuesday. "That's an international problem that not even the authorities have the will to fix."
The Dallas Morning News has eyewitness accounts from newsroom employees:
"The assailants walked into the lobby of the newspaper and yelled, 'You're all going to hell' and ... started shooting up the place," said Ramón Cantú Deandar, editor of El Mañana and an afternoon daily, La Tarde.
At the bottom of this story, the DMN also offers excerpts of El Mañana's front-page editorial calling the attack an act of terrorism -- and calling for legalizing some drugs "in order to exert control."

The newspaper is correct: The only way to destroy the power of the drug cartels is to take away their money. The only way to do that is to stop making the cost of drugs artificially high due to prohibition. Drug prohibition has failed.

3 Comments:

Blogger JB said...

The only way to remove these men's abuse of power and use of destruction is to remove their money. The only way to remove their money is to remove their buyers. The only sure way to remove their buyers is refrain from illegal drug use. The payment for illegal drugs directly subsidizes the purchase for bullets that shoot through news rooms, police cars, lives, families, and the will to be a decent society. Even assuming all price controls for all contraband vanished -- permitting precipitous drops in these contrabrand prices, these established networks of corruption and destruction would continue their corruption and destruction, if not for these contrabnd products than for related products used by scofflaw users.

10:54 AM  
Blogger Mack Harrison said...

"Remove their buyers." Yes, that worked so well with alcohol when we tried it in the 1920s.

Let's face it: People want to get wasted, and as long as they don't drive when they do so, then itt's none of the government's business which intoxicant people use: martinis or marijuana.

2:16 PM  
Blogger pugsley dibrute said...

Though I kinda agree that the drug wars have failed, its only because of the huge demand that narcs cannot stop . Not to mention the related corruption it brings to the valley. Yes the valley. We here in the valley now the unique distinction of have all the valley county sheriffs respresented in prions ,past and present because of this corruption . I knew conrado cantu when he was a small time crook, with arrests for possession of marihuana, attempted rape, theft by check, and burlgary of a habitation . He was never convicted of any of these offenses !
Then he shows up at a pachanga for sheriffe alex perez, singing for beer ! Later he runs and wins the constables office, which he parlayed into running and ousting a somewhat honest sheriff lucio, not related to senator eddie sucio. I presume that we voters down here are not too sophisticated either, obviously!

5:46 PM  

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