September 26 marks one year since the forcible disappearance of 43 student-teachers from the Escuela Normal Rural (rural teachers’ college) Raúl Isidro Burgos de Ayotzinapa, and the murder of six community members. The normalistas’ case has come to symbolize all of Mexico’s disappeared, the corruption of Mexico’s political institutions, and the carnage wrought by the war on drugs.
These statistics bear repeating:
"This spark caught fire in the U.S., too – inspiring Latinos to stand up and say, “We’re tired too.” A national day of action was held under the banner #USTired2, with marches and vigils in 43 U.S. cities – one for each of the abducted normalistas. The campaign called for the cessation of U.S. military aid to Mexico used to sustain the drug war, which since 2007 has resulted in well over 100,000 murdered, 25,000 disappeared and one million displaced."
Add that 100,000 to how many thousands dying likewise in Columbia? How many in Honduras and the rest of Latin America to protect United Fruit and other trans-global corporation? The war on drugs (like the War on Terror) is just a pretext for killing Leftists, human rights activists, and Indigenous natives who try to protect the forests, rivers, streams, and natural habitat from today's merciless corporate conquistadors.
Add in how many have died from drone strikes in Afghanistan, the bludgeoning of Iraq, the covert quasi proxy war in Syria, the dissolution of Libya, the predation on Yemen and it's got to surpass 2 million.
May the world's just persons find a way to soon retire the BEAST that militarism constitutes. Hiding behind lies like fighting terror and spreading Democracy, it's leaving a trail of blood and tears that's like the campaign of Sherman across the U.S. South during the Civil War... expanded to impact the entire globe.
Pope Francis wants more done about narco trafficking. That could be interpreted as doubling down on the War on Drugs and poor minorities, or a call to legalize drugs and put the cartels out of business. I prefer to think its the latter.
"The government and the cartels are indistinguishable". This is what a weak, bought government that's out of control looks like, and it's been happening for decades as documented by Señora Hernandez"s NarcoLand. What to do? Well, stop giving the Mexican government weapons, end the drug wars, prosecute banks that launder drug money, and keep after it. If we're offended by decapitations by ISIS, why finance it in Mexico?