Always ready to read about kids (I majored in Early Childhood Education) and inclined to give free downloads a chance, I was eager to see for myself what “Children of the Drug War” held.
The respectable Transform Drug Policy Foundation noted the publication on its blog in a post called, “Important new book: ‘Children of the Drug War’ (free pdf download).”
If you’re like me you may have immediately noticed that the pretend child’s writing quoting the title of the book is just a computer font. As most people who work with kids know, the younger the child, the more the writing tends to pivot from their elbow, resulting in an arc. However, one must not let surface appearances detract from getting to the heart of the matter and learning as much truth as one can. (Jesus has a few sayings about this, one of which I recently featured.)
I apologize for taking so long to note this book, but I haven’t finished reading it yet and I wanted to be able to write miniature book report. Nearly every page is chock full of information and emotions. There are many pieces, we’re told, in children’s own words.
As an example, I'm on page 33 (44 of 253 in the PDF) and it says:
Violence in Mexico has had myriad implications for society and specifically for child development and well-being.24 It has, for example, eroded adults’ capacities to care for, nurture, and protect children. It is important to note that many of the 28,000 who have been killed since the war on drugs began were parents. While neither Mexico’s government nor the various nongovernmental organizations working in this area keep track of the number of children who have lost one or both parents in the war, it is estimated that tens of thousands of children are orphaned directly because of the drug war.25
Human rights lawyer and investigator for the Chihuaha local commission for human rights, Gustavo de la Rosa Hickerson, has analyzed these numbers and concluded that, based on data that Mexican men aged eighteen to thirty-five have on average 1.7 children, in Ciudad Juárez alone, the war has left more than 8,500 orphans.26 Extending this figure to the national level, a total of 50,000 drug war orphans is possible.
As you can see there is a lot of information and it contains footnotes so it can be double checked. (Note that the statistic of 28,000 dead in Mexico is really outdated. A recent post by expert Walter McKay puts the number at 48,000!)
If you’re like me, all it does is remind you that prohibition has no redeeming values. Prohibition does the exact opposite of what all its biggest cheerleaders say it does. Prohibition puts drugs in the hands of teens, it causes children to suffer, and robs tens of thousands of them of their parents.
But facts aren’t enough for many in our government, or the U.N. or other thug nations. On this site and the Internet you can find a quote from the (former) U.N. psycho named Costa who said that violence in Mexico was a good thing, sociopathic DEA mistress Leonhart said similar, and the book opens with a delusional portrayal of reality by the current Homeland Security maiden Janet Napolitano who recited SOP blather (and rebutted by the authors):
This is something that is worth fighting for because drug addiction is about fighting for somebody’s life, a young child’s life, a teenager’s life, their ability to be a successful and productive adult. . . . If you think about it in those terms, that they are fighting for lives—and in Mexico they are literally fighting for lives as well from the violence standpoint—you realize the stakes are too high to let go.3
What Napolitano did not mention in her speech was that today, in the city of Juárez, Mexico, alone, there are 10,000 children who have been orphaned by the drug war violence.4 Napolitano’s comment highlights key flaws in drug war efforts to “protect” children. Not only has the war on drugs proved a costly failure in addressing drug addiction or use overall, including among young people, it has also caused significant harm to the health and lives of children and young people. Children are, indeed, “fighting for their lives”—but in many cases, due to the very drug control efforts that are adopted in their name.
If you’re the kind of person who thinks beyond your own belly, beyond your own household, and actually cares about what is going on around the world, what your tax dollars are being used to fund, you owe it to yourself to read this book.
As mentioned above, the book can be downloaded for free, or if you prefer, you can order a hardcopy. Buying it from Amazon using this link will result in LEAP receiving some proceeds.