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The toll of the drug war

June 07, 2008

Re "Mexico vs. drug gangs: A deadly clash for control," June 3

The horror of Mexico's drug war should alert users of marijuana, cocaine and heroin in the U.S. to this stark reality: By supporting Mexican drug lords through their continued drug purchases, they have at least some complicity in these deaths.

It is coincidental, if not somewhat ironic, that the number of our troops who have died in Iraq about equals the total who have been killed in the recent drug battles south of the border.

John N. Heil

Los Angeles

If 4,000 people killed is a sign of progress in the "war on some drugs," then what would indicate failure?

Clifford A. Schaffer

Agua Dulce

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