Don’t laugh. It may come to annexing Mexico if it can’t get control of its drug cartels. It’s shocking, but not uncommon for there to be incidents like the one described in this article.

Juarez, a border town near the Texas city of El Paso is one of the most violent cities in the world, and some experts rate it as the most violent. In 2011 more than 3000 murders were officially recorded. How many actually happened? Who knows?!!! 3500? 4000? 5000?

It happens several times a year to see a half dozen or more mutilated bodies hung off freeway overpasses in Juarez. Bodes are dumped by highways or buried in mass graves as well. Some may think, “Perhaps they were in the drug trade and deserved it,” but actually anybody who gets in the way of the cartel or its bullets can be a victim. You don't resist a cartel if you want to live.

As if that’s not bad enough, it’s not just the drugs themselves which are tearing the Mexican social structure apart, the cartels engage in widespread bribery, corrupting cops, judges, and elected officials, and killing the ones it can’t corrupt.

It’s not that these people are prone to corruption, either. Refusing a cartel’s bribe or request for cooperation can endanger not just one’s own life, but the lives of family and friends. If a cop refuses to help the cartel, and one of his five children suffers a fatal “accident,” well, his response is more likely to reflect his love of his family of friends than his highest principles.

This chaos is already starting to spill over into El Paso and other border towns who are suffering increasing levels of drug-related violence.

Is the United States expected to stand by and let its Southern border turn into a Juarez-like crime zone?

Insisting that Mexico fix the problem is what we are doing now. However, Mexico has two problems: first, it’s not all that prosperous to start with, plus it’s riddled with the aforementioned corruption. It simply lacks the resources to effectively address the drug cartel problem.

Of course, the Mexican government rightly argues that the problem isn’t just supply, it’s demand as well. However, we are already doing all we can to throttle demand within the confines of a free society. We aren’t ready just yet to institute a police state simply to put an end to drug abuse. In fact, many would argue that U.S. authorities are already trampling on many people’s rights in the name of stamping out illegal drugs.

Legalizing drugs in the U.S. would go a way toward neutralizing the cartels, but…like that’s ever going to happen. We can’t even get reasonable regarding marijuana!

Maybe it’s just a crazy pipe dream, but annexing Mexico in some way (while allowing it to preserve its culture, of course) is certainly one way which might free us as well as Mexico from the plague of the drug cartels.

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