Friday, March 30, 2007

First You Get The Money. Then You Get The Power. Then You Get The Xbox.

Mexican Attorney General Eduardo Medina Mora - soon to be the only Mexican attorney general in North America! - points out something about the drug trade that tends to be overlooked: that while the US gets tons and tons of primo nose-candy out of the deal, Mexico just winds up with a pile of illegal firearms.

MEXICO CITY – Mexico's attorney general on Wednesday demanded U.S. authorities do more to stop guns and drug money from heading south and fueling the drug violence in Mexico that left more 2,000 dead last year. Eduardo Medina Mora told a business forum that the vast majority of arms used by the soldiers of drug cartels, including assault rifles and grenades, are smuggled from the United States.

"It's truly absurd that a person can get together 50 to 100 high powered arms, grenade launchers, fragmentation grenades, and can transport this cargo to our country," Medina Mora said.

Well, sure, I suppose it is. Especially when I recall how many hours we were held up at the border by Mexican customs officers worried that we were planning to open an illegal Bed Bath & Beyond here, because we'd included "sheets, blankets and towels" on our list of possessions. It took quite a while for us to figure out what the concern was, which we allayed by vigorously shaking our heads "no." I'm guessing that most people leave their "50-100 fragementation grenades" off the list.

And if you do get your high-powered rifle past customs, presumably by vigorously shaking your head "no"? Amigo, you've just won yourself an Xbox!

Police who have raided vice-ridden Mexico City neighborhoods in a push against drug violence hope to take guns off the streets by offering to swap them for computers and video-game consoles.

So if you smuggle firearms into Mexico, the government will give you, like, the coolest thing ever. That should reduce the flow of arms to a trickle before very long.

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