September 3, 2009
Posted: 1754 GMT


The drug war has hit a stomach-churning new low in Mexico. Up to twelve gunmen stormed into a drug rehabilitation clinic in the border city of Juarez, lined up patients against a wall and executed them at point blank range.

The concrete floor of the center for drug addicts was drenched in blood. Relatives of those killed and injured rushed to the scene. Most were told their loved ones had been murdered.

There is nowhere, it seems, in Juarez where the turf war for control of the drug market is not fought. Dealers chase down potential rivals into the corridors of these rehab centers. They indiscriminately fire at everyone there in the hope they kill off one or two enemies.

I spoke to the mayor of Juarez like at the IDesk last Monday. The federal government may have deployed thousands of troops to help pacify this urban killing field, but Mayor Jose Reyes Ferris told me more help was needed. The United States, a few hundred meters from Juarez, needed to do more, he said.

We hope to talk again with Mayor Ferris – who is back in Juarez – to get his reaction on this latest killing spree.

Also today, we'll talk about ethnic tension in Urumqi in Western China, where clashes between the majority Han and the minority Uyghurs has taken on a new dimension. Thousands of Hans marched in the streets demanding an end to bizarre "syringe" attacks. John Vause has that story.

Drew Griffin will join us again today for part 2 of his investigation on the sale and trade of human body organs. Today, we'll show you how the black market trade can have tragic and deadly results for donor desperate for cash.

Don't forget to take part in today's IDesk poll on whether you think there should be a regulated, above-board market to trade human organs.

It's a very busy day at the IDesk, with several other important developing stories, so it's back to work for me.


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Edward F. Thiery   September 3rd, 2009 7:22 pm ET

Rio de Janeiro – Brazil

The massacre in Juarez was probably meant to discourage rehabilitation of addicts, as a recovered addict is no longer a customer.

Recreational drug users, who are in the vast majority practically everywhere, and not addicts are partners in these crimes, and they have the blood of the vicitms on their hands. It is very logical: if there were no users, there would be no traffickers. (That they might become involved in other crime is irrelevant here.) Having a small amount of any drug for so-called personal use still makes them guilty. There is no excuse,

The alternative is legalization of drugs, but this is unlikely as there is too much money tax-free in the illicit trade.

Biruzz   September 4th, 2009 3:51 am ET

Legalizing certain drugs makes a lot of sense.

Primarily it will free up a lot of money from state and federal budgets as well as policing expenditures and allow this money to be used for more practical purposes.

Secondly the tax revenue generated from legalizing marijuana could help off load some of the tax burden from individuals and companies.

Third it would create new jobs in the plantation or farming industry and also boost sales of all products (machinery) related to the industry and there could be speciality stores just for selling legalized mar ijuana ( Ontario Canada has stores just to sell beer and liquor ).

Most importantly it would also somewhat reduce crime overall.

Marijuana is just like any other legalized intoxicating product like beer, wine and also liquor if an individuals abuses it then it will come detrimental. However if it is sold and used properly it could have other benefits as well. But it is indeed very sad that people are being butchered in Mexico without any feelings.

vic benedicto   September 4th, 2009 10:09 am ET

Juarez massacre? small fry!

hey, no match for those countless innocent women/kiddies killed by airstrikes/bombs/drones in Pakistan/Afghanistan.

So,what's new?

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