Venezuela’s Murder Rate Unmatched Among Middle-Income Countries – NYTimes.com

A drug dealer in Caracas in November 2007 displayed injuries from clashes with gangs.

June 16, 2012 – 155,788 Murders and CountingOne hundred fifty-five thousand seven hundred and eighty-eight. That, according to new research by the Venezuelan criminologist Fermín Mármol García, is the number of murders committed in Venezuela since 1999.  Pictured above, A drug dealer in Caracas in November 2007 displayed injuries from clashes with gangs.

Imagine an attack on the scale of 9/11 every three months, for 13-and-a-half years. Or consider this: from the time of the 2003 Iraq invasion until this January, while 116,705 civilians were killed in Iraq, according to the Iraq Body Count project, 124,221 Venezuelans were murdered, says Mármol García. All that with no suicide attacks, no Apache helicopters, no I.E.D.s and none of the organized machinery of war: just an exceptionally violent gang subculture, the growing availability of cheap Colombian cocaine and a government asleep at the wheelFollow the link below for this unbelievable story of murder and mayhem.

The Master of Mayhem

Venezuela’s Murder Rate Unmatched Among Middle-Income Countries – NYTimes.com.

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2 Responses to Venezuela’s Murder Rate Unmatched Among Middle-Income Countries – NYTimes.com

  1. --Rick says:

    This is a grossly violent, disheartening and chilling account and speaks volumes, I think, to the consequences of trying to make substances that people want in sufficient numbers illegal. The paradox here is that by making these products illegal, more lives are being lost than would otherwise be the case were the product legal. One can only imagine how many of the dead were no more than bystanders with no interest in either drugs or the drug trade.

    • wfoster2011 says:

      I agree, “…[a] chilling account and speaks volumes…” Surely their is a better way! A big percentage of violent crime is committed for money to buy drugs. However, their are too many vested interests, e.g., the DEA, Heads of State who profit off of the drug trade, etc.; who don’t want to see drugs legalized. The war on drugs will never be won as long as the demand is their. It’s simple economics. This is a vexing and difficult issue, but we must do something about it, but never do!
      yours,
      Bill

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