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Mexico, Drugs, Violence: Its all about "us."

With all of the internal strife ripping our southern neighbor, reading much of the news stories could lead someone to believe that its all our fault. With no specificity, it is alleged that High-powered guns purchased at Houston-area stores by a Gulf Cartel cell are being smuggled back into Mexico and then used in at least 55 murders. Believe it? I wonder if those "high-powered" guns are those that a person cannot simply walk into a gun shop and purchase without a federal firearms license?

Beyond this is the assertion that alot of the drug related violence in Juarez and other border cities is a result of the fact that narcotics remain outlawed in the United States

"Drug prohibition is causing all of this," said Terry Nelson, a retired U.S. anti-drug agent who spoke at a conference last week at the University of Texas-El Paso that called for narcotics decriminalization as a means to end the violence. "The global war on drugs is probably the greatest public policy failure of all time."

However, it is also now reported that the Mexican cartels are growing marijuana in North Texas!

Mexico's nimble drug cartels are leapfrogging tightened border security and establishing sophisticated marijuana-growing operations in North Texas and Oklahoma, law enforcement officials say.

"There is no doubt" that three big marijuana fields uncovered this month in Ellis and Navarro counties "have a tie to the border and a Mexican drug cartel," said a drug investigator for the Department of Public Safety. "They brought the tenders up here from Mexico to do the work.

"This is not Joe Bob growing some marijuana to smoke. These are professional drug operations," said the investigator, who asked not to be identified for security reasons.

The traffickers' farming operations, known as "grows," have been an increasing problem on public lands in California and other Western states for some time. But it's only been in the last two years that the cartels have started to cultivate densely planted plots in North Texas and eastern Oklahoma, law enforcement officials say.

OK. This whole thing with thousands of people being murdered along the border, with express kidnappings and other violence in the Unites States perpetrated by the various Mexican drug cartels is our fault. Sure!

Of course, then there is the epiphany that because of the United States' involvement in assisting Mexico in its war against the cartels, American business interests in Mexico could be threatened.

In a report by Miami-based Kroll Associates issued by one of its executives at the Americas Conference in Coral Gables, the company cautions that ``the more the U.S. government gets involved . . . it is not unlikely that U.S. companies may be faced with extortion, that local managers are kidnapped for ransom and that truck hijacking increases.''

What is the reality? As it has been apparent for many months, while some weapons may be finding their way to Mexico from the US, not looking to the other likely suspects of Venezuala (through Russian and Iran), Nicaragua, Guatemala and China is at best naive. Does the U.S. have a drug problem? Sure! Is it the reason for the drug cartels and the violence? Maybe it is a contributing factor, but fully at fault? Please!

Mexican cartels growing fields of marijuana in Texas is a problem that can be eradicated through prompt and proactive steps if "we" decide to do it. Hopefully federal and Texas state officials will not waste too much time in stomping out this problem.

The final point of U.S. business interests being at a greater risk because the U.S. is helping Mexico fight the war against the cartels, should give the reader pause.

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