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Reading in the Middle of the Night

Submitted by Roanman on Tue, 10/05/2010 - 05:56


Fred Reed at Fred On Everything is back with an essay on Mexico and drugs.

Way double highly recommended.


If Mexico were not next to the world’s most ravening drug market, it would be a corrupt, but functioning and reasonably successful upper Third-World country.

If this were not so, Mexico would not have the huge number of American who have come here to retire.

But the country cannot withstand a drug business that, by a common figure, brings the traffickers forty billion dollars a year.

The money means that the cartels can buy heavier armament than can the government, as well as buy heavier officials on either side of the border.

(It is an American conceit that corruption exists only in other countries.)