Drug War

This is not the sort of thing I generally blog about, but this item in the New York Times caught my eye this morning and has stuck in my head all day.

Here’s the story.  Last week in Mexico, the special forces staged what is said to have been their most successful raid against a drug lord.  The “lord,” Arturo Beltrán Leyva, was killed along with six of his men.   Another of those killed during that raid was special forces sailor Ensign Melquisedet Angulo Córdova.

Now take a look at the photo below.

A photograph taken at Cordova’s funeral, the woman in the green dress is Cordova’s mother, the woman next to her is her sister.  Mexico’s Secretary of the Navy attended the funeral and presented the mother with the flag that draped Cordova’s coffin.

Hours after this photo was taken, both women are dead.  Gunmen entered their home – on the same day as the funeral – and opened fire with machine guns, killing two of them and two other family members as well.

It is a very sad reminder of how, as 2010 approaches, pure evil is still very much a part of our world.

And not to get up on a soapbox or anything but I remain convinced that the war on drugs fought in so many countries in this world is a war that cannot be won.  The obscene level of profits from the illegal drug trade means that there will always be people willing to go to any length, no matter how unspeakable, to protect the massive river of cash flowing into their pockets.  You cannot put them out of business.  You can kill a hundred but there will be 10,000 more eager to take their place.  It’s long past the time that governments should realize that prohibition does not work and a new approach is needed.