Mexican President Felipe Calderón seems to be experiencing a dramatic
change of mind regarding his war against drug cartels. Soon after a
drug gang set fire to a casino in Monterrey a few weeks ago killing
Calderón told the media that ”If [the Americans] are
determined and resigned to consuming drugs, they should look for market
alternatives that annul the stratospheric profits of the criminals, or
establish clear points of access that are not the border with Mexico.”
Many people interpreted that as a veiled reference to drug legalization.
Hours after it took place, the president described it “as an abhorrent act
of terror and savagery” and later said the authors were “true terrorists”.
When you think about the billions or trillions the U.S. and other
countries spend against terrorists who cause less damage than the
Mexican drug cartels, he could be indicating that priorities are
For the past 90 years this debate has been dominated by the professional purveyors of moral panic in our society – a toxic combination of politicians, pressmen, prelates and policemen, aided and abetted by ill-informed parents, who have sought to pre-empt any serious discussion of “psychoactive” substances.