Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Monkeys with guns
Here we go again
"Violence in north Kosovo draws EU warning"
And like two kids fighting in the back seat on the family vacation we have:
"Filipinos will defend territory" states their president.
So they're going to buy more war ships and helicopters.
Here's an idea why don't they throw Amelda Marcos' old shoe collection at them. Won't run out of amo there.
"Local groups rally aid for Somalia famine victims"
Good luck with that little venture. From my east African co worker what will happen is the food will be stolen and traded for guns. Why do you think they call them "warlords"?
And finally south of the border we have an estimated 40,000 people killed from drug related violence.
"Mexico's drug-related violence"
Sorry Jim but legalizing marijuana isn't going to do it.
The cartels control the trafficking of drugs from South America to the US, a business that is worth an estimated $13bn (£9bn) a year. Their power grew as the US stepped up anti-narcotics operations in the Caribbean and Florida. A US state department report estimated that as much as 90% of all cocaine consumed in the US comes via Mexico.
This is about money, greed and power. The cartels make money. The arms dealers make money. The government agencies make money. Security firms selling countermeasures make money. And we get caught in the crossfire. Anybody know a cocaine addict who's kicked the habit? Not too many. If you made it legal and put a high tax on it then they'd just sell cheaper stuff to compete.