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Old Apr 17, '12, 2:29 am
Dale_M Dale_M is offline
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Default No murders in El Salvador for first day in three years

No one was murdered in El Salvador last Saturday, officials said, in what was the first homicide-free day in nearly three years for the Central American country plagued by violent drug gangs.
El Salvador recently recorded a homicide rate of 66 per 100,000 people, one of the highest in the world, according to United Nations data. Much of that violence is blamed on Mexican drug cartels that use the country as a transit point.

El Salvador has a population of about six million. For the sake of comparison, New York City (not known for being low crime) has about eight million residents. The murder rate in NYC is approximately 1.5 per day. El Salvador's murder rate, at 18 persons per day, is roughly 12 times higher despite a much lower population.

The narco-terrorism of Mexico affects other countries greatly. And the Mexican drug gangs are largely fueled by the profits from smuggling illegal drugs into the US.

How much of this problem is due to the US war on drugs, and how much due to American indifference regarding the suffering in other countries? What responsibility does the US government have regarding stopping such violence? What responsibility do the American people have?
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Old Apr 17, '12, 3:17 am
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Default Re: No murders in El Salvador for first day in three years

Just bumping this to the top. Interesting questions and I'm interested in what others may have to say.
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