Giant Sucking Sound

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In 2009, more than 2,600 people were murdered as a part of the drug trade in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. As I write, Kingston, Jamaica is in a “state of emergency” as scores of people were killed during a search for a drug lord. And Arizona’s controversial immigration law is really about drugs: when a reporter asked Chandler Mayor Boyd Dunn if illegal immigration has increased local crime, he said, “Of course. Drug lords have engaged in shootouts on our freeways.”

Meanwhile, President Obama says he doesn’t think it is a good idea to legalize marijuana, much less other drugs. Why should he care? Most of the effects of America’s inane war on drugs have been exported to other countries, and Arizona’s immigration law is going to cost the Republicans a lot more than the democratic party.

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