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49 Headless Bodies: Mexico’s Grisly Discovery

Victims had extremities dismembered to make identification harder

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In gruesome news out of Mexico today, authorities found the mutilated bodies of 49 victims dumped on the highway leading to Texas from San Juan over the weekend and are calling it “drug related”, as the spray-painted tag “100% Zeta” was found on a sign nearby.

The Zetas are a heavily-armed gang and have been at war with rival drug cartel Sinaloa for years now; mass body-dumpings have been found in recent months, leading authorities to believe things are about to come to a head. The latest victims–43 men and 6 women–had their heads, hands, and feet chopped off, which will make it extremely difficult to identify the bodies. Autopsies began yesterday.

The city’s police force has become woefully understaffed, leading to fear on the part of the citizens caught in the middle of a cartel battleground, where the fight for territory so often ends in bloodshed. But authorities insist they are doing what they can to keep the people of Mexico safe.

“This continues to be violence between criminal groups. This is not an attack against the civilian population,” said Jorge Domene, a security spokesman.

Because there have been few recent reports of people missing, police believe the victims are from another state, or possibly migrants. They say this is one of the worst massacres in Mexico in many years.

49 Headless Bodies: Mexico’s Grisly Discovery
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  • Malcolm Kyle

    Mexico’s gruesome civil war is clearly a product of the failed policy of Prohibition.

    Alcohol prohibition was a tremendous failure due to the incredible amount of crime and disorder it created. Human nature hasn’t changed since the 1920s and early 30s. Then, the distribution of liquor was turned over to a whole new group of criminal entrepreneurs. Now, due to the drug war, dangerous mind altering substances are again being manufactured, smuggled and sold by criminals. Prohibition has turned Mexico into a civil war zone. Our intentions in prohibiting these substances may well be good, but the result of our inability to recognize the futility of such an action will both deepen and prolong the agony caused by this useless and dangerous policy.

    The future depends on whether or not enough of us are willing to take a long look at the tragic results of prohibition. If we continue to skirt the primary issue while refusing to address the root problem then we can expect no other result than a worsening of the current dire situation. – Good intentions, wishful thinking and pseudoscience are no match for the immutable realities of human nature.

    So may we have some realism from all of you now, on how to go about reclaiming our streets and stopping this mayhem? Please start making an honest effort to address the root cause of the present horrific mess and the high proliferation of “well funded” violent Cartels –the failed regime of drug prohibition.

    Colombia, Peru, Mexico or Afghanistan with their coca leaves, marijuana buds or poppy sap are not igniting temptation in the minds of our weak, innocent citizens. These countries are duly responding to the enormous demand that comes from within our own borders. Invading or destroying these countries, thus creating more hate, violence, instability, injustice and corruption, will not fix our problem.

    * A rather large majority of people will always feel the need to use drugs such as heroin, opium, nicotine, amphetamines, alcohol, sugar, or caffeine.

    * The massive majority of adults who use drugs do so recreationally – getting high at the weekend then up for work on a Monday morning. 

    * Apart from the huge percentage of people addicted to both sugar and caffeine, a small minority of adults (nearly 5%) will always experience the use of drugs as problematic. – approx. 3% are dependent on alcohol and approx. 1.5% are dependent on other drugs such as methamphetamine, cocaine, heroine etc. 

    * Just as it was impossible to prevent alcohol from being produced and used in the U.S. in the 1920s, so too, it is equally impossible to prevent any of the aforementioned drugs from being produced, distributed and widely used by those who desire to do so. 

    * Prohibition kills more people and ruins far more lives than the drugs it prohibits.

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