There is a war going on, not to far from us. Not The War on Drugs, but one closely connected. You see, just south of the U.S. border lies Mexico; and Mexico has a gang problem.

Drug gangs are in an all-out turf war with each other, each vying for a piece of the incredible profits that can be made selling drugs in an illegal market. With prices high thanks to the previously-mentioned War on Drugs, the prize these gang members fight for is large indeed. And anyone they need to kill to further their ambition will die, plus anyone else caught in the crossfire.

A top gang enforcer in Mexico was recently captured, and shed some light on the killing of a U.S. consulate employee in March.

Jesus Ernesto Chavez, whose arrest was announced on Friday, leads a band of hit men for a street gang tied to the Juarez cartel, said Ramon Pequeno, the head of anti-narcotics for the Federal Police.

Pequeno said Chavez ordered the March 13 attack that killed U.S. consulate employee Lesley Enriquez and her husband as they drove through the violent city toward a border crossing to the U.S. Pequeno said Chavez told police that Enriquez was targeted because she helped provide visas to a rival gang.

The suggestion that drug gangs may have infiltrated the U.S. diplomatic mission runs counter to previous statements by U.S. Embassy officials that Enriquez was never in a position to provide visas and worked in a section that provides basic services to U.S. citizens in Mexico.

Will either country admit that all the War on Drugs does is ramp up violence and crime?

Enriquez was four months pregnant when she and husband Arthur H. Redelfs, were killed by gunmen who opened fire on their vehicle after the couple left a children’s birthday party. Their 7-month-old daughter was found wailing in the back seat.

Jorge Alberto Salcido, the husband of a Mexican employee of the consulate, also was killed by gunmen after leaving the same event in a separate vehicle.

Chavez told police that gunmen opened fire on Salcido because the two cars were the same color and the hit men did not know which one Enriquez was in, Pequeno said.

I’m not saying that blame doesn’t lay first with the violent scumbags who join cartels and gangs and kill people because they are money-hungry and blood-thirsty. I personally think they should all be lined up and shot, but that’s neither here nor there. Their is only one thing we in The United States can do to help out our brothers and sisters to the south, and that is end the War on Drugs.

Our futile war is what gives incentive to drug gangs, just as it did to gangsters like Al Capone during alcohol prohibition. The obscene profits that can be made mean that no matter how many people have to die, it’s worth it to the gangs. Nothing will stand in their way of getting their hands on more money than they could ever spend.

Failed policies are just policies until they start causing death. Then they are abominations and must be ended. But both governments will tell us that the war is necessary. The question from us is, of course, necessary for what?

Joe Klare

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