Thursday, May 04, 2006

Our Drug-Supporting Enemy To The South

Imagine if the United States, in an effort to focus our efforts at eliminating child molestation and porn rings, legalized the possession of small amounts of child porn, so that the need to chase after the little guy is eliminated, allowing us to chase after the real offenders and eventually stop them. In other words, we let demand run wild so that we can go after supply. But in the meantime the market for that peculiar filth grows, more players enter the market in an effort to make an extra buck, resulting in the exploitation of children.

It makes about as much sense as stopping the illegal immigration problem by granting a blanket amnesty to all illegals, rather than making them jump through hoops and get to the back of the line. But given that that is the position of the increasingly uncooperative government of Mexico when it comes to their citizens who emigrate to the United States by dark of night, it makes sense that they would employ a parallel logic in their effort to fight drugs--surrendering to criminals in a pretend effort to fight them.

Until yesterday, the Mexican government was planning to legalize possession of small quantities of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and peyote. The reasoning was that legalizing small quantities would clear the courts and enable the government to more vigorously pursue the kingpins.

But the only people stupid enough to believe that are Fox and his allies in the Mexican Congress.
And I wonder just how giddy the drug cartels were, knowing that possessing and using their wares would be perfectly legal. It would take all fear out of using for those to whom jail was the only deterrent, and it would only help the current users to be all the more intrepid in their search for the next high. And it would encourage drug tourism. Rather than going to Cancun just for some inexpensive beachside fun, you could also go to do some perfectly legal lines of cocaine or to smoke a joint. Because anyone with a brain knows that if you end the demand, supply becomes unprofitable; conversely if you open the market, people will find a way to exploit it.

Rudy Giuliani knew this to be true, when rather than dismissing the occasional turnstile-hopper or pickpocket, he busted them, under the theories that 1) big criminals also commit little crimes, and that's an effective way to get them off the streets, but also, 2) getting the little troublemakers off the street often limits the market to which the big troublemakers play.

A failure to understand the principles of supply and demand, however, makes Vincente Fox guilty of nothing more than being kin to a Democrat in the United States or a socialist in Europe. But a failure to address crime in a meaningful way puts the criminals in the driver's seat. And it makes one wonder very seriously if the sovereignty of Mexico is not imperiled by the operational strength of drug syndicates.

Fox has remarked that there is little he can do to prevent the illegal immigrant and drug trafficking that the United States wants stopped. So either he is lying and supporting the cause of illegals (and there is significant evidence to that effect), or he is also influenced by the drug kingpins who want to get his population drugged for some pocket change, but more importantly to clear a path through Mexico into the United States.

Whatever the case, the fact that Fox and the Congress of Mexico even considered such a thing is astounding. So while it seemed five years ago that the Bush-Fox friendship would lead to a new era of cooperation and civility between the nations, it seems that Fox is about little more than letting his nation become a direct threat to the national security interests of its most important neighbor by allowing his nation to become a conduit for drug traffic into the United States and dumping his economically disadvantaged population onto the American taxpayer.

Adios enemigo.

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