U.S. Drug Users Are Root of Violence, Calderon Says (Update1)
By Jens Erik Gould
May 29 (Bloomberg) -- Mexican President Felipe Calderon said demand from U.S. drug users is the root cause of violence that killed thousands of people this year.
``The battle Mexico is waging every day takes the lives of Mexican policemen even though the majority of consumers are Americans,'' Calderon said today in Mexico City at a meeting with governors of U.S. and Mexican border states.
The U.S. and Mexico must boost efforts to fight the drug cartels that bring marijuana and cocaine into the U.S., Calderon said. The governors voiced support for Plan Merida, the Bush administration's aid package to help fight Mexican drug crime that has yet to clear the U.S. Congress, said Jose Gonzalez Paras, governor of Nuevo Leon state in Mexico.
Mexico's top police officers are being targeted and killed as drug traffickers retaliate for arrests and record seizures stemming from Calderon's crackdown on narcotics gangs.
Seven Mexican federal policemen died in a shootout with drug traffickers in Sinaloa state this week, the highest number of federal agents killed in one day. Mexico's acting federal police chief Edgar Millan was shot nine times and killed May 8 as he returned to his home in Mexico City.
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger praised Calderon's efforts to fight organized crime.
``We want to congratulate him for the courage that he has to stand up against the drug lords,'' Schwarzenegger said.
There have been 1,356 drug-related killings so far this year, newspaper El Universal reported May 21. More than 2,500 people, including hundreds of police and military officers, were killed last year by drug violence.
All The Best
THE ELEPHANT BAR IS CLOSED
I want to thank everyone who participated in the Elephant Bar over the past twelve years. We had millions of visitors from all around the World and you were part of it. Over the past dozen years, two or three times a night, I would open my laptop and some of you were always there. I will miss that.
My plans are to continue my work with technology and architecture. You know my interests and thoughts.
At times, things would get a little rough in the EB. To those of you that I may have offended over the years, I apologize. From all of you, I learned and grew.
An elephant never forgets.
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