Pubdate: Sun, 07 Oct 2007
Source: Dallas Morning News (TX)
Copyright: 2007 The Dallas Morning News
Author: Buford C. Terrell


Re: "U.S. may send Mexico $1.4 billion in drug war -- Money in 
Pentagon budget targets training, high-tech tools," Tuesday news story.

It is ironic that the government should be sending $1.4 billion to 
the Mexican government to fight the drug traffic when the U.S. drug 
laws help send some $30 billion-plus each year to the Mexican cartels 
that finance the drug importation business.

The only way to stop the violent and criminal border traffic in 
illegal drugs is to change the drug laws so that the traffic becomes 
moderate, legal and regulated. Prohibited drugs, like prohibited 
alcohol, are transported and sold by people like Al Capone. A legal 
drug, like legal alcohol, is sold by companies like Walgreen's.

Can the $1.4 billion we send one side of this struggle overcome the 
$30 billion we send the other side? Not likely.

Buford C. Terrell, Houston
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