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April 8, 2011

Morgue employees take a body, found on Wednesday in a mass grave, from a refrigerated truck into the local morgue in Matamoros April 7. Security forces following reports of abducted passengers in violent Tamaulipas state bordering Texas stumbled on a collection of pits holding a total of 59 bodies, not far from a ranch where 72 Central and South Americans were executed late last year by drug gangs preying on migrants travelling north through Mexico. (Alexandre Meneghini/AP) #

People walk past symbolic chalk outlines during an April 6 march in Cuernavaca called out by poet Javier Sicilia after the death of his son, whose body was found along with six other dead inside a car a week ago in Cuernavaca. Nationwide protests against Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s war on drug cartels that has claimed more than 37,000 lives since late 2006 were planned all over Mexico and in cities as far afield as Buenos Aires, Paris, New York and Barcelona. (Margarito Perez/Reuters) #

Mexican soldiers guard an arsenal in Cuitlhauac on March 14. Mexican soldiers found the arsenal and a training camp in the state of Veracruz. The site had trenches and an arsenal composed of 12,344 cartridge of different calibers, 191 magazines, 28 grenades, over a dozen guns, including AK- 47. (Sergio Hernandez/AFP/Getty Images) #

Members of the Colombian Navy stand guard on top of a seized submarine built by drug smugglers in a makeshift shipyard in Timbiqui, Colombia February 14. Colombian authorities said the submersible craft was to be used to transport eight tons of cocaine illegally into Mexico. (Jaime Saldarriaga/Reuters) #

A Homeland Security Special Agent crawls through a drug tunnel found at a warehouse near the US-Mexico border November 4, 2010. Authorities confiscated over 30 tons of Marijuana in the tunnel, which connected to a warehouse in Tijuana. (Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images) #

Suspects stand next to containers filled with crystal meth and chemicals during a presentation to the press in Tijuana Feb. 12. According to the Baja California State police, nine suspects were arrested during an operation to shut down a crystal meth lab and they claimed to work for the “La Familia” drug cartel. (Guillermo Arias/AP) #

Police and journalists look at the body of a dead man hanging from a bridge in Morelia March 17. The man had a sign around his neck reading “We killed him because he was a robber and a kidnapper”, which was signed by “The Knights of the Order of the Temple”, according to local media. (Leovigildo Gonzalez/Reuters) #

A member of the Federal Police looks at a dismembered corpse in Acapulco on February 20, which was found near a burnt car beside four people who were gunned down in apparent drug-related killings. (Pedro PARDO/AFP/Getty Images) #

Twenty-year-old Marisol Valles Garcia sits at her desk after her swearing-in ceremony as the new police chief of the border town of Praxedis G. Guerrero, Mexico October 20, 2010. Valles Garcia, who made international headlines when she accepted the job as police chief in a violent Mexican border town was later fired for apparently abandoning her post after receiving death threats. (Raymundo Ruiz/AP) #

Bullet holes riddle the police headquarters where Marisol Valles Garcia used to work as the police chief, in Praxedis G. Guerrero March 7. Marisol Valles, a criminology student in Mexico’s violent city of Ciudad Juarez, took charge of the police force in the neighboring municipality after few candidates dared to apply for the dangerous job. (Gael Gonzalez/Reuters) #

Students take pictures of themselves as marijuana and other drugs are incinerated at a military base in Ciudad Juarez March 2. According to local media, the students were invited to see how 1500 kg of drugs, seized in several operations throughout the last months, were destroyed. (Gael Gonzalez/Reuters) #

The “Female Warriors” hand out aid in a low-income neighborhood in Ciudad Juarez January 23. The women ride pink motorbikes and hand out food and medicines to the poor in one of the world’s deadliest cities to protest the deprivation they say fuels much of the violence. Braving drug gang wars, the self-dubbed Female Warriors ride out every Sunday to barrios that ring the factory city across from El Paso, Texas. (Gael Gonzalez/Reuters) #

Musicians look for clients willing to pay for a song at an empty Papagayo beach in Acapulco January 15. Once a glamorous beach mecca for international tourism, Acapulco’s image has steadily deteriorated as a fierce turf war continues between rival drug gangs. (Alexandre Meneghini/AP) #

Key chains are displayed at a souvenir shop in Acapulco January 28. (Alexandre Meneghini/AP) #

“Cocaine Addict” by Mexican artist Emiliano Gironella is displayed at his exhibition “Mexico al Filo” (Mexico to the Edge), at the Universidad Iberoamericana, in Mexico City, on January 28. The exhibition shows art related to the drug-trafficking world and the violence it is generating in Mexico. (Alfredo EstrellaAFP/Getty Images) #

A municipal policeman caps a container of his own urine during a drug test in Guadalupe February 21. Some 550 policemen will take part in this test after two were detained by soldiers late Sunday on suspicion of being linked to organized crime, according to local media. (Tomas Bravo/Reuters) #

Sara Reyes stands inside the tent she shares with family members outside the prosecutor’s office in Ciudad Juarez March 2. Two children and a grandson of Reyes were murdered last year after accusing the army of rights violations in President Felipe Calderon’s army crackdown on drug gangs in the city. Gunmen dumped the bodies of three members of the Reyes family outside Ciudad Juarez in February, days after burning down the Reyes’ family home. (Gael Gonzalez/Reuters) #

The corpses of a woman and her granddaughter lie on the floor after being shot by gunmen in Acapulco March 15. Another granddaughter was also killed in the assault. (Pedro Pardo/AFP/Getty Images) #

Firefighters work to put out a fire at a supermarket after a gun battle between soldiers and gunmen in Acapulco April 4. The Public Safety Department in Guerrero state said a soldier and two gunmen were killed in the clash that also destroyed a supermarket, a movie complex and stores in a shopping center. (Bernandino Hernandez/AP) #

Drug users shoot heroin next to the Mexican-U.S. border, where drugs are both cheap and accessible, March 8, 2009. (Nadav Neuhaus) #

Karla Johnson looks at the border between the U.S. and Mexico near El- Paso and the Mexican city of Juarez April 6, 2009. (Nadav Neuhaus) #

An officer from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection finds packs of drugs hidden in the engine of a pickup truck traveling from Juarez December 22, 2008. (Nadav Neuhaus) #

A night operation by Tijuana’s Special Tactics Unit checks cars and people for cocaine and narcotics March 9, 2009. (Nadav Neuhaus) #

Roberto, aka “Poncho”, the leader of Juarez’s Baja 13 gang, poses with gang members March 26, 2009. (Nadav Neuhaus) #

Members of Juarez’s Baja 13 gang pose April 5, 2009. (Nadav Neuhaus) #

Federal police officers take a suspect into custody in connection with a shooting in Tijuana March 9, 2009. (Nadav Neuhaus) #

Night falls on Tijuana March 9, 2009. (Nadav Neuhaus) #

After an assassination in the city of Juarez, federal police and local police close the area and secure it December 20, 2008. (Nadav Neuhaus) #

A crowd gathers near murder scene in Ciudad Juarez December 19, 2008. (Nadav Neuhaus) #

Pedro Martin Nunez (center, in white shirt), an ex-convict, former gang member, and confessed killer, conducts a service in the Juarez Christian church where he is now a minister March 29, 2009. (Nadav Neuhaus) #

A girl stands outside looking into her rented apartment house after someone riddled the house with bullets March 6, 2009. Drug cartel members were trying to send a message to the owner of the house. (Nadav Neuhaus) #

A man digs the grave for the funeral of a Mexican policeman murdered in Juarez by members of a drug cartel, December 18, 2008. (Nadav Neuhaus) #

Mourners grieve at the funeral of a Mexican policeman murdered in Juarez by members of a drug cartel, December 18, 2008. (Nadav Neuhaus) #

Hector Hawley Morelos, Director of the Crime Investigation Center in Juarez, poses for a portrait in the morgue April 3, 2009. (Nadav Neuhaus) #

A view of the morgue in the city of Juarez on December 20, 2008. (Nadav Neuhaus) #

More links and information

Nadav Neuhaus’ website – Nadavneuhaus.com

Mexican Drug War – Wikipedia entry

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Why do you blame the drug user? Of course they can be blamed but it\’s a completely impractical thing to do! What magical wand are you going to wave to make the 320 billion trade just vanish?\\n\n\

Don\’t be unrealistic, don\’t bury your head in the sand and blame the drug user but realize that there are actual practical considerations in the drugs issue that would make all the difference. If you really want to help, blame something which can be changed, look into the UN conventions, INCB etc. and blame all who lobby for increased securitization and militarization of the drugs issue.\
\nYou do not need to be a goddamn rocket scientist to understand this, so why be intentionally obtuse? Every voice for prohibition is a voice for murder.\\n\n\

\”Let us be clear again: they are here to stay, we have to live with them. And if we\’re not winning the war then we have to make a pact. Wars end in pacts after all. When the war is not doing anything but causing destruction and devastation of humanity, it has to end in an agreement. And this will end in a deal, sooner or later.\” -Javier Sicilia\\n\n\

Does this compute in your head, people!? You live in a DEMOCRACY! Be responsible for the consequences of your government\’s actions! You might not be responsible for the actions of all the people living in your country, all the drug users\’ habits but you damn well are responsible for your government policy!\
\nLook at yourself in the mirror, look at the 36000 dead, and tell me, TELL ME, what the heck are you fighting for?\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘yang’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 10, 2011 07:02 AM’ i++;

Guatemala is a lot worse.\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘none’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 10, 2011 05:43 AM’ i++;

those who use drugs are part of this, shame ….\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘Rizky’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 10, 2011 05:07 AM’ i++;

waste of usa\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘serhan’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 10, 2011 03:43 AM’ i++;

Thank you for these photos. They have opened my eyes to how bad conditions are in places I have spent time in during my visits to Mexico. I pledge to learn more of the terror and support peace and justice in ways I can for Mexico and North America.\\n\n\

I hate to see the suffering and fear, but I would hate more if the people of Mexico felt isolated and hopeless in these terrible conditions. I see your suffering, and I will look for ways to help.\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘JD Morrison’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 10, 2011 12:39 AM’ i++;

remove the incentives!!! legalize drugs and invest in education and prevention!\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘andreas’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 10, 2011 12:36 AM’ i++;

The United States and the citizens of the United States are responsible for the atrocities that are happening in Mexico and all over Latin America with regards to the Drug War. The United States and increasingly the rest of the Western world are the leading consumers of narcotics. As long as the demand is there the MURDERS WILL NOT STOP. As longs as the United States refuses to take direct action to combat their drug problem these MURDERS WILL NOT STOP. It\’s time for the U.S. to take on its fair share of the blame, their is only so much that Mexico and the rest of Latin America can do.\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘Cindy G’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 10, 2011 12:27 AM’ i++;

@Jose A\\n\n\

You\’re living in a dream world. Obviously Americans in general don\’t agree with you. In a sense this violence is our fault. We\’re the ones buying this stuff. Alcohol was illegal one remember. And all it did was allow criminals to get rich. People want alcohol and are willing to break whatever laws are put in their way to get it. So it became legal again and all the criminal enterprises had to move on…\\n\n\

It\’s the exact same thing with drugs. \”Americans\” want drugs. Period. And they will do whatever they have to to get them. Better to control the users here legally than fight a stupid war that we are creating with our own demand. \’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘Steve Ducharme’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 9, 2011 11:59 PM’ i++;

@Jose A:\\n\n\

Yea there\’s a great idea..perhaps we can bring back prohibition here in the US and give our own Mafia\’s a boost, they have been rather ineffective since prohibition ended. With Alcohol the vast majority of drinkers do so responsibly, it would likely be the same with drugs but at least the violence would take a significant hit. Guess what your bus drivers, taxi drivers, airline pilots etc are already high on drugs or alcohol while working. Its funny how the issues we have problems with here in the states including drug usage and alcohol consumption are actually lesser problems in countries where the laws are more lax. Here all it has created is the highest percentage of prisoners per capita in the world (yes even higher than china) and uncurbed violence not only in mexico but in our own country. Legalization has nothing to do with being a drug user and more to do with not wanting the govt. to waste huge $$$ fighting a war that is simply un-winable…but then we seem quite good at that lately.\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘apester’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 9, 2011 11:12 PM’ i++;

Thanks to the wonderful American culture that glorifies drugs. Charlie Sheen must be proud.\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘Keri’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 9, 2011 11:04 PM’ i++;

As a Mexican, I\’m proud of what is being done by President Felipe CalderThere are a lot of issues that haven\’t been thinked of if drugs were legalized. For instance, if Mexico legalized drugs, we would be invaded by US junkies. And i don\’t think we want that.\
\nWhat is happening here ir that there is a crisis of values. And this crisis is the result of poverty and lack of opportunities. New drug cartels hitmen are young men. Federal Police is not killing civilians, drug cartels are. We must fight drug cartels. \
\nViva Mexico!!!!!!!!!!!!\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘Jorge’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 9, 2011 11:03 PM’ i++;

so sad!\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘richard’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 9, 2011 10:52 PM’ i++;

It hurts to see this is happening in my beloved Mexico. It didnt use to be like this at all. And it tears me apart to see I cant do nothing about it because it is something that is no longer in our hands. \\n\n\

I now ask AMERICANS to help us in this war BY NOT CONSUMING DRUGS. Just think right before taking each marihuana, extasis, cocaine, or whatever other drug dose that it is stained with the blood of hundreds of people, either guilty or innocent. Think that it got to your hands at your parties, streets (wherever you take them) not after many killings, transported with the money of kidnapped people who paid a rescue or the extortion fee for the right of living or working without getting shot, etc. So, DONT CONSUME DRUGS. \\n\n\

Obviously not all americans consume drugs, but it isnt a lie either that it\’s the U.S.A. the biggest consumer of drugs in our planet. But hopefuly these pictures make you think twice before you get \”some fun\”.\\n\n\

It\’s not fun at all. People is dying.\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘Jhonny’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 9, 2011 09:20 PM’ i++;

This problem would not exist if Americans (USA) do not consume drugs. The North is the real problem. Stop consuming!\
\n\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘JMANUEL’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 9, 2011 08:41 PM’ i++;

While shocking, these photos may be what it takes to make these atrocities occurring in Mexico a reality in the minds of people around the world. As hard as it is, we as a human society need to be aware of what is going on in our world, whether in another country or our own.\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘Kristen S.’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 9, 2011 08:38 PM’ i++;

Mexico.. Almost as bad as USA.\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘Vinicius’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 9, 2011 05:53 PM’ i++;

Meanwhile Holliwood stars says \”It\’s cool get in drugs!!\”…..\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘Julian’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 9, 2011 04:53 PM’ i++;

Esto es terrible, no puede seguir mas.\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘Reporte Minoritario’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 9, 2011 04:23 PM’ i++;

If drugs were legalized, this crap would dry up overnight\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘Michael’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 9, 2011 04:02 PM’ i++;

Felipe Calders not a hero, nor is he courageous. The Mexican Army is not containing the violence, but rather worsening it by destabilizing the criminal organizations\’ operations and committing its own crimes in the process. Look at the US State Department\’s human rights report for Mexico. I can\’t believe it took TBP so long to cover this ongoing atrocity. Mexico deserves much, much better than this.\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘Eric ‘ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 9, 2011 03:59 PM’ i++;

Absolutely devastating. I am missing some photos of US universities on 4-20 though…supply and demand people, remember that next time you want to kick back and relax or feel cool.\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘alejandro_a50@hotmail.com‘ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 9, 2011 03:49 PM’ i++;

Legalizing drugs? People who advocate legalizing drugs are themselves drug users.\
\nAlcohol is legal and how many innocent people die from crazy people who drink and drive while intoxicated? How many can\’t fight their addiction? How many families are broken up because of alcoholism in the family? How safe would it be if bus drivers, taxi driver, airline pilots are high on drugs while on duty?\
\nDrugs and drug cartels are cancer on society and should be eradicated by all means necessary.Mobilize all branch of the military to go after the drug cartels, treat them as enemy combatants and get rid of them.\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘Jose A.’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 9, 2011 01:43 PM’ i++;

legalize all drugs in the U.S.A. and sponsor fanatic Christian churches to take over Mexico\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘Maraina’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 9, 2011 12:24 PM’ i++;

All this is brought to you by illegal drugs – not legal drugs. No matter what the horror of drugs are when the high profits goes away so do the people that say. \”Psst I have it here – step around the corner\”.\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘Jeffrey Huntington’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 9, 2011 11:53 AM’ i++;

I\’m from Brighton, MA originally. I live at the tip of Baja, near Cabo San Lucas. The drug situation is horrible on Mainland MX. I had high hopes for Pres. Calderon. Even he is unable to stop the drug madness. So far, the drug situation is certainly on Mainland MX, and many of the border towns. So far, our areas are not badly involved in drugs.\\n\n\

Try to be accurate re the drug madness in MX. It\’s not as rampant everywhere as you report. Send somebody willing to investigate rather than pontificate, will you? \’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘Mary Shortell’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 9, 2011 11:32 AM’ i++;

\”Victimless Crime\” hahaha what a joke….I wish all thoserecreational drug user would realize they are killing a country.\
\nDont legalize drugs, fight against the celebrities and the culture that says drug use is ok.\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘Bernie’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 9, 2011 10:48 AM’ i++;

This is why we must keep \”Mexico\”…IN Mexico…or this will spread North.\
\nPosted by Outraged Patriots April 8, 2011 03:58 PM????????\
\nOMG…. are you that stupid to belive that drug are only in Mexico, US is the main consumers of cocaine and heroin, followed by the European Union, and su said keep it in Mexico.\
\nThe biggest problem remain being the consumers, and I dont say legalize it, I dont think that would be the rigth path. this should be a global war against the children start using.\
\nIf we keep are children away from this world, if we teach them how to avoid it, maybe, just maybe, well have a chance.\
\nIm probably a dreamer, but a hope some day, see my children born, and not feel so sick from worry of thinking if my they will end crawling into this awful world that we are building for them. i hope that in a future(not that far) we open a newspaper, turn on the tv, see a blog like this, and see another kind of news.\
\nBut we need the help of all governments in America, (America is not the same as U.S.) to a continuous struggle, it\’s more than demonstrated that individually each government has not achieved. \
\n\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘betobochiCR’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 9, 2011 10:44 AM’ i++;

Anything that reduces the flow of money (and therefore weapons and power) to the cartels will help fight them. I think legalisation would do this.\\n\n\

Felipe Calderon had the right idea, but he forgot one of the basic tenets of battle – don\’t start a fight you can\’t definitively win.\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘JEQP, Mexico’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 9, 2011 10:42 AM’ i++;

Colateral damages of the \”american dream\” (lol)… Mexico is dying, many thanks to the U.S drugs users !\
\nAnd congratulations for comments #1, 4 & 9, stupidity at work.\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘Arn’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 9, 2011 05:31 AM’ i++;

I completely agree with Jesus (comment #33). Legalization and regulation are the way to solve this. Not only in Mexico, mind you, as the biggest buyer is USA, which make this, as Rodrigo (comment #15) says, a North America problem.\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘Marcos’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 9, 2011 05:18 AM’ i++;

Oh! My God. I was planning to move to Mexico. But not now. Heck, I am better here\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘guddu’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 9, 2011 05:06 AM’ i++;

There are some people very ignorant here. For example Richard #14. Mexico is a democratic country in case you didn\’t know. The reason why they are supporting arab countries its because its easy to help a country without any goverment now. The true responsibles of this Drug war its every consumer of drugs in the United States. If people didnt buy that shit they wouldnt be bussiness for the cartes hence no deaths.\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘Diego’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 9, 2011 03:18 AM’ i++;

There\’s a multifactorial problem that is giving birth to violence and decay of Mexico. Sadly one great part comes from the U.S. Because the great majority of the drug consumers comes from this country, the greatest part of the commodity goes to the U.S. and that\’s the reason of the war between the \”celes de la droga\”. Added to this, the free selling of weapons in the U.S. wich ends in Mexicos territory (nothing against the right of the U.S. population to have weapons, just against the poor system to control their sale and monitoring) serves to drug cartels as an infinite income of armory. \
\nSome years ago there were only a few rivals bands that were in control of the different zones of Mexico to pass the drugs to the U.S. Somewhere in time, they rivalized even worse, and splited up in dozens or even hundreds of cells looking for total control of those zones, rivalizing between each others and making violence their way to get it. Then, another factor was added. The inclusion of other grups, formerly military groups fom Mexico and Central America, as the protection and armed group of some cells of drugs dealers, ment the begining of another chapter in violence in Mexico. They\’re well trained men, able to operate and make and excellent use of different kinds of weapons (unlike common delaers), and without qualms. They\’re introduction in Mexicos violence scene, ment a direct impact in Mexicos population, because of direct attacks to them. Even more, with te addition of other paramilitary groups in states from central Mexico, and a lot more groups.\
\nParallel to the important growing of these groups, an obvious decrease in the ability of the differents federal, states and municipal armed forces to stop crime, the extraordinary low preparation of these forces (some of them just need to finish high school to be in the force) plus the low incomes in their wage, and the incredible high corruption in every single social scale (more evident in the political class of Mexico), has, as the result, a perfect enviroment to those drug cartels to grow.\
\nWith the so-called \”war\” implemented by the fedegal goverment, there\’s a notorious failure to stop the drug traffic in Mexico. That reminds me the Hercules fight to the \”Hydra\”. Everytime a cartels chief is arrested, seven new heads arise. Even worse, the Gov in Mexico tries his best to disguise that we are losing this war.\
\nSo, in order to achieve big steps to arrive the end of this war, there are many points to treat not only in Mexico, but also in other places in the world.\
\nTake measures in drug consumption/production (educational, treatments, prevention).\
\nStop the free selling of weapons in borders of the U.S. and regulate (by regulate I mean forbid and vigorously punish) their transport to other countries.\
\nIncrease the educational level (sooooo important), the minimal wage and the loyalty in the mexican armed forces.\
\nIncrease the punishment to corruption in EVERY social scale in Mexico and in the U.S. (common people, armed forces, politicians, judges, etc, etc).\
\nMaybe, now we can see that is no matter of \”just legalize it\” or \”keep Mexican problems in Mexico\” or even worse to suggest invade another country to \”establish a democracy\”. This is a matter that concerns to all of us, before this spread to other countries.\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘None’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 9, 2011 01:56 AM’ i++;

I was wondering… what about drug dealers in USA? what about all the weapons in the mexican cartels? what about the american drug users? We are neighbors, and we have big troubles between us. Will USA support drug legalization in Mco?\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘Angel’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 9, 2011 12:59 AM’ i++;

prohibition never works….\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘Bryce’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 9, 2011 12:54 AM’ i++;

No offense, but do they have a death penalty? Enable a full scale hunt for drug dealers, create laws that would prosecute whole family of the criminal, use propoganda. ofcourse if the people in the state are interested this will continue…\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘orange’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 9, 2011 12:51 AM’ i++;

You think you don\’t kill no one, when you use your drugs … well you better think twice …\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘@MXmiPatria’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 9, 2011 12:51 AM’ i++;

All this violence for those addicts and consumers in the US who have their hands with blood of innocent people. Why in the US they sont arrest the big \”capos\”? Mexico is still a great place to life instead of the bored and double moral society like many parts of the US where I lived.\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘Kristen K.’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 9, 2011 12:42 AM’ i++;

my mexico where i live is asuper nice country i know this is very sad but still lots of good people trying to work and do a living in the good way so people from another countrys this is just one face of mexico but have lost of good and safe places remenber that please. love 4 all \’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘maurilio’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 9, 2011 12:40 AM’ i++;

The violence in Mexico will end when usa people stop consuming drugs.\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘Monica’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 9, 2011 12:38 AM’ i++;

Can not imagining this , In our China, very few people addict into the drugs, and I think it is because we are not such civilized nation, or not such democracyed .\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘lu ‘ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 8, 2011 10:46 PM’ i++;

Legalizing it is the only way to kill the funding/power of these cartels. The government is too scared to because they obviously fear the revenge the cartels would seek on government officials. For now, the citizens of Mexico are the main victims of their governments failed policies. Living in fear is not really living. God bless the people of Mexico. I wish them nothing but the best. \’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘Anonymous’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 8, 2011 10:12 PM’ i++;

Violence is taking control of my country, violence is taking control of our world. \
\nI wonder, what could we possibly do for our own sake?\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘Fabi’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 8, 2011 10:06 PM’ i++;

@comment #31 I pray for you. \
\nAs an individual I feel so powerless and useless when I see how my bothers and sisters are suffering. What can people do to help? The Female Warrior\’s way of helping goes a long way and we need more of that but what else can people on the other side of world do? \
\n\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘AK’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 8, 2011 09:51 PM’ i++;

It is very sad to read racist comments from people who dont have any idea of what it is to live in Mexico in the dangerous parts.\
\nIt is very sad to read comments about how Mexico should take care of themselves and that you should not allow mexicans to enter your country\
\nIt is sad to know that most of this comments are written by people who live in the country that is the first consumer and thus first costumer for this cartels giving them money to buy arms and worst of all..they actually sell the weapons to them.\\n\n\

Well, many of them have been traced to the United States, including the one who killed the Us officer.. Karma? perhaps, I dont desire any harm to anybody.\\n\n\

Please people of the world: STOP CONSUMING DRUGS, STOP SELLING ARMS, these people have gotten too powerful and might as well hurt your country the same way they have done it with us.\\n\n\

Thank you for reading\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘medicoanonimo’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 8, 2011 09:50 PM’ i++;

@#31 I pray for you. \
\nAs an individual I feel so powerless and useless when I see how my bothers and sisters are suffering. What can people do to help? The Female Warrior\’s way of helping goes a long way and we need more of that but what else can people on the other side of world do? \
\n\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘AK’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 8, 2011 09:50 PM’ i++;

picture 1 – guy holding red flag… JOHNNY DEPP?????\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘JD Francies’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 8, 2011 09:48 PM’ i++;

The blame goes to the drug users, pushers and smugglers in the United States. As long as there are demands for drugs, people will die and no amount of money put in stopping the flow of drugs int the US will work.\
\n \
\nThe Mexican government is losing their fight to stop Mexican drug syndicate because money talks and as long as there are corrupt Police and government officials willing take money, they are never going to win the war.\\n\n\

The corruption of US border patrol by Mexican drug cartel is so pervasive that it will only take a few corrupt border guards to let billions of drugs into the US.\\n\n\

The Human race is sick and I\’m praying to end the madness and can\’t wait for the end times to begin. If there are a lot more good people, why can\’t they stop the few bad one\’s?\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘Ashamed to be Human’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 8, 2011 09:20 PM’ i++;

So sad. People who turn a profit from drugs, death and suffering really are a prime example for the notion of \”evil\”.\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘JP’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 8, 2011 08:49 PM’ i++;

The human with his contradictions; drugs could you make you feel a short time. Then you have to get more and always more. \
\nNow, everyone know that drugs is such a crap for brain and the body in general. \
\nBut the consummation sadly growing so hight. And effective, drugs users are have blood on their hands when they consume some if these scourge.\
\nWhat\’s the crap with this world?!!\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘SAM 957’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 8, 2011 07:44 PM’ i++;

In Ciudad Juz people is killed everyday. Police also kills civilians or ask them for money. Many of these killed people were just trying to live their lives. This is not our war, but this blood is ours, some say.\\n\n\

I am in Mexico City, just wondering how many of us will be left when this is all over. Calderon\’s war was not carefully planned, he is not capable enough.\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘Totlacherin’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 8, 2011 07:35 PM’ i++;

The situation in Mexico I can compare to African countries in civil war. Thousands dead. Thousands have disappeared. In my hometown on the border we cant go out after 12 am because the streets belong to the narcos.Imagine a home invasion by a gang of narco thugs where they take your whole family to never be seen again and then they burn your house down. Nor the army or the police (or firemen) do anything about it because they are in on it or afraid. This is happening right now in my city. Nobody can help us… I curse the day that Felipe Calderon became president.\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘Bambi’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 8, 2011 07:10 PM’ i++;

As a mexican citizen it is terribly upsetting to look at this compilation of images and be reminded about what is happening all over my country, since what is happening in them is not something I\’ve ever seen with my own eyes even while I know it happens every day.\\n\n\

The drug war going on right now is such a complex and far reaching problem that is very far from having any one solution since it involves not just a great demand for drugs north of the border but all the diversifying the cartels have done since President Caldertarted making it more difficult for them to do what they do coupled with the widespread corruption on all levels of government. \\n\n\

It is scary and you feel completely powerless, what can a regular citizen do against these cartels when our own country\’s authorities can\’t get a handle on this???\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘Ana’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 8, 2011 07:09 PM’ i++;

We forgot the lesson we learned with probation. Its time to legalize drugs and eliminate the profits from the illegal drug trade.\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘Med Engineer’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 8, 2011 06:50 PM’ i++;

Possibly, just possibly, it\’s time to stop paying the most violent and psychotic people on the planet for some plants. Let\’s pay the tobacco companies for them instead. It can\’t possibly be worse, and will likely be much, much better.\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘Joe’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 8, 2011 06:44 PM’ i++;

Hope those who are for the prohibition of drugs think this is worth it.\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘San Diego’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 8, 2011 06:27 PM’ i++;

Urgent a Legalization and Control of Drugs\
\nThe prohibition is not working, Alcohol prohibition was clear a message that this method doesn\’t work. If there is a demand will be a supplier, simple economics. If you make it legal, these cartels will not have any money to buy weapons and corrupt authorities. \\n\n\

This War was lost since the beginning and all the innocent civilians in all Mexico are the most affected, the small business, migrants, everybody is being hit by this war that none of them asked for. \\n\n\

Calderon doesn\’t know what to do, they don\’t have any strategic against the cartels. The whole country is sinking at this moment.\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘Jesus’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 8, 2011 06:03 PM’ i++;

#19 is beyond heartbreaking. So clearly is the grandmother using her body to try and shield the young one at all costs.\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘Greg’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 8, 2011 05:56 PM’ i++;

We need some peace here. Everything is ruined, businesses, kids cannot go out, we young people are afraid of going out, you cannot talk freely bc you don\’t know who can hear you, or who\’s your protector and who\’s your killer. Help us.\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘luisandazola’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 8, 2011 05:55 PM’ i++;

Oh! My God. I was planning to move to Mexico. But not now. Heck, I am better here. \’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘wonderlucy2011’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 8, 2011 05:49 PM’ i++;

Prohibition Part 2 is wreaking havoc. Like someone said: drugs are bad, the drug war is worse. Regulate and spend the money rehabilitating addicts peace instead of jailing them. We\’re sinking endless money and countless lives into this \”war\” and there is no end and no way to win. \’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘Joe’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 8, 2011 05:48 PM’ i++;

It\’s called a drug war because that\’s how it started, but it has become much more than that. Legalizing is not a solution, I\’m not even sure if it will help in any way.\\n\n\

These cartels are fighting for power. They not only deal with drugs, they sell people, children and women as slaves, they rob cars on all big cities like Monterrey to sell them or to use them, they buy and sell guns from the US to the rest of the world. They sell endangered species of exotic animals to crazy \”gringos\”. And they also get a big profit by kidnapping all sorts of people (most of them are not even middle class).\\n\n\

I\’m so sad to see how my beautiful working-class first-world industrial city, Monterrey, has changed so much in so little time. People is starting to compare it to ciudad Juarez because of the daily killings of not only cartel members but also so many innocent people. So far 5 students from local universities have been killed on violent acts, and that\’s what makes us more angry. Random citizens are dying on daily basis, but they are making the young people, the talent, the brains, the future of this country, to get away to other cities and countries, in desperation and fear.\\n\n\

I really wish there was something we could do, other than protesting, marching, or demanding our governors and president to fix things. I really don\’t want to leave this city like the rest of my friends, but seems like there\’s no other alternative unless I want to get killed. I graduated on december as the summa cum laude of my class, and I wish I could give something back to my country, but the fear of staying is bigger.\\n\n\

These pictures show only a small percent of what is really happening. Even on the media and newspaper we get to see half of what is really going on. Blogs like the blogdelnarco.com showcase horrible pictures leaked from the cartels butchering people or torturing them. But even if that is the reality of what is going on, I don\’t approve those sites because people who see them become more insensitive about these issues.\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘Gabriela’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 8, 2011 05:48 PM’ i++;

# 19 stirs a tremendous amount of rage in me… I have a hard time understanding how a bunch of thugs can be so heartless. Though I don\’t believe in a god, I can only hope that these people pay dearly for killing innocent people, be it in this life or the next (if there is such a place).\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘Jamie G.’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 8, 2011 05:30 PM’ i++;

This is much more than just Mexico\’s drug war. \’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘Mike B’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 8, 2011 05:26 PM’ i++;

This is Mexico\’s ugly face. The country is a phenomenal place with such vast potential and people waiting to turn things around. I hope the future see\’s an end to this struggle. \’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘bc’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 8, 2011 05:04 PM’ i++;

THANK TO YOU, NORTH AMERICANS DRUG USERS, OUR MICO IS SUFFERING !!.\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘Edgar’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 8, 2011 04:51 PM’ i++;

\”Makes you wonder why we worry about planting democracy in places more interested in Sharia law when we have this kind of nightmare taking place next to us. Let\’s impose democracy and the rule of the law on our continent first.\”\\n\n\

Where should we start? I say the U.S.\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘Zack’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 8, 2011 04:37 PM’ i++;

I miss the old Mco…\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘Estela’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 8, 2011 04:34 PM’ i++;

guns & drugs, bad mix.\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘gza’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 8, 2011 04:27 PM’ i++;

this happen all days, last night there where a gunshot in front of my house, to sad live with fear all days :(\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘ed’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 8, 2011 04:20 PM’ i++;

Admiraciara Felipe Calderel Ejito Mexicano y la PF??\
\nQue tristeza que a toda costa quieren engaal pueblo, estas imnes son el resultado pero de la corrupci\\n\n\

Es una tristeza que senfatizen \”la lucha contra el narco\”y le den mala fama a nuestro pa somos un parico, con hermosos lugares, pero conducido con personas corruptas, que sbuscan el bien propio…al pobre lo hacen mpobre al rico pues mrico.\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘mexicana’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 8, 2011 04:03 PM’ i++;

This is why we must keep \”Mexico\”…IN Mexico…or this will spread North.\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘Outraged Patriots’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 8, 2011 03:58 PM’ i++;

Those who consume drugs are part of this!\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘don’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 8, 2011 03:40 PM’ i++;

This just a very small depict of what Mexico has become since almost 6 years a go, we are struggling in a daily basis trying to live a \”normal\” life. A life that has become in a sort of fear, impotence, sorrow and angry. We don\’t want this \”war\”, we didn\’t ask for it, we are not guilty of this.\\n\n\

\”Political class\”, corruption of police forces, \”secret\” operations from the United States (Fast and the furious) and a bunch of drug addicts who consume here and there and lastly the stubbornness and lack of capacity of \”president\” Felipe Calderon has left my beloved country in an horrible place to live.\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘Antonio’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 8, 2011 03:29 PM’ i++;

Would be better to describe it as \”North America Drug War \”. I liked the intro. I know this war is not ending in a short term, maybe 7-10 will be enough to perform a deep cleaning procedure in county police organization. My sincere admiration to; Felipe Calderthe Mexican Army and the PF ( Federal Police Organization). This is part of a process…For having a better Mco. [From Querro, Mx]\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘Rodrigo Estrada ‘ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 8, 2011 03:23 PM’ i++;

Makes you wonder why we worry about planting democracy in places more interested in Sharia law when we have this kind of nightmare taking place next to us. Let\’s impose democracy and the rule of the law on our continent first.\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘Richard’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 8, 2011 03:19 PM’ i++;

A tragic document of the failing war on drugs. Unfortunately these cartels will continue to exert their power and influence as long as the demand for drugs remains high the \’developed world\’. Legalization and regulation are looking better and better each passing year.\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘David’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 8, 2011 03:13 PM’ i++;

Drugs are bad m\’kay? But the drug war is worse. Legalize it. \’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘dude’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 8, 2011 03:11 PM’ i++;

That is the reality that the Mexican government wants to hide, unfortunately the reality is more cruel than the images.\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘iekc’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 8, 2011 03:01 PM’ i++;

Photo #19 just shows how sad and unnecessary this drug war has become. No children ever deserve to die in conflict. Stop the war, legalize the drugs and create rehabilitation programs instead.\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘Josh H.’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 8, 2011 03:00 PM’ i++;

@12 Get some deodorant! \’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘w00t’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 8, 2011 02:59 PM’ i++;

Muy buenas fotos\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘Luciano’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 8, 2011 02:56 PM’ i++;

so sad. it\’s unfortunately the truth. this is their struggles they have to deal with in an everyday life down there. so unfair for those that want to make better lives for themselves\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘jim’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 8, 2011 02:56 PM’ i++;

speechless, can\’t believe what\’s going on there!\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘Andy’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 8, 2011 02:43 PM’ i++;

The picture with the woman and her child is very moving..\
\n\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘Cxline’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 8, 2011 02:32 PM’ i++;

36 reasons to holiday in Hawaii\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘Ed R’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 8, 2011 02:31 PM’ i++;

Wow they use a sub. The us border patrol are allways one step behind if you see those ways they use for transport\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘Bill’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 8, 2011 02:23 PM’ i++;

#19, absolutely saddening.\
\n\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘con’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 8, 2011 02:22 PM’ i++;

awesome\’ bpCmId[i][2] = ‘dudu valle’ bpCmId[i][3] = ‘April 8, 2011 02:19 PM’ i++;

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