Archive for September, 2009

Keep your eye on the ball, society

September 17, 2009

If you’ve been following my twitter updates, you’ve seen that I have been living in Nepal and South Asia for the last 6 weeks. Believe me, there is a lot to talk about…and I’m not quite sure where to start. But I decided to step away from the temple-lined trails of Lumbini and take my eyes off of the snow-covered mountains in Pokhara, at least for a few minutes, to write about a very serious situation that is talking place back home. No, its not President Obama’s remark about Kanye West or the latter’s behavior on television. The title of this post is not about H1N1 either, its something that has claimed 10 times as many victims.

From BBC News:

Gunmen have carried out another attack on a drugs rehabilitation centre in the Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez, killing 10 people and injuring two others.

The shooting follows the deaths of 18 people in an attack on a separate rehab centre in the same city this month.

Such shootings have been blamed on drug traffickers who accuse the clinics of protecting dealers from rival gangs.

A vicious inter-gang drug war in Ciudad Juarez has seen some 1,400 drug-related deaths so far this year.

Thousands of extra police and troops have been deployed in the city, which is on the US border, to try to stem the inter-gang violence.

The latest killings took place at the Anexo de Vida clinic.

I read the international news the other day and came across the headlines that have been coming out of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico’s largest border city and ground zero for narco-terrorists and their horrific antics that include mass killings, beheadings, and forms of torture that are among the most gruesome in the world. The most dangerous people don’t necessarily linger in the mountains of Pakistan, as some people believe. Even those who scoff at the “War on Terror”, such as Isolationists like Ron Paul, should be able to see the seriousness of this threat. At the very least, we should feel for our neighbors on the other side of the border who have to live with a nightmare like this because of America’s obsession with drugs.

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