In The Neighborhood (Cont.)

I’ve posted before on the terrible problems in Mexico with drug gangs and killings.  Unfortunately, the problem seems to be getting progressively worse.  In the last few days American citizens who worked at the U.S. consulate in Juarez were gunned down, and Juarez now is one of the most dangerous cities in the world.  According to this article, the onslaught of violence is causing middle class Mexicans to flee the city, which may mean that the city will simply spiral downward into more violence and, ultimately, complete disorder and chaos.

Mexico has never been a real focus of our foreign policy, but that clearly needs to change.  Mexico and the U.S. share a border hundreds of miles long.  The fact that there are armed gangs roaming the streets directly across the border, killing people with apparent impunity and the direction of drug lords, obviously is not good for our security in this country.  The possibility that the over-the-top violence could spill over into this country should be of concern to every American.


The latest story about the circumstances of Michael Jackson’s death is sad, but also symptomatic of how modern medical practices often seem to be extraordinarily reliant on prescribing drugs as the cure for every ill. The amount of medication Jackson apparently received is astonishing.

Can’t sleep? We’ll give you a drug, and if that doesn’t work we’ll give you another, and if that doesn’t work, we’ll try another. We’ve become accustomed to a world where there is a claimed wonder drug for every physical and mental problem. With the emphasis by patients and doctors alike on immediate, drug-induced relief from non-life-threatening conditions like insomnia, is it any wonder that there are instances of wretched excess?