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To me it seems totally insane to continue sending United States forces to other countries to fight in the so-called Drug War. A “war” that has gone on for 40 years with no end in sight. Actually we have more drugs, easily available than we did when this so-called war started. Why can’t our government see that this is a educational and medical problem rather than a military one. . . EDITOR
By ROMINA RUIZ-GOIRIENA and MARTHA MENDOZA 08/29/12 08:28 PM ET
GUATEMALA CITY — A team of 200 U.S. Marines began patrolling Guatemala’s western coast this week in an unprecedented operation to beat drug traffickers in the Central America region, a U.S. military spokesman said Wednesday.
The Marines are deployed as part of Operation Martillo, a broader effort started last Jan. 15 to stop drug trafficking along the Central American coast. Focused exclusively on drug dealers in airplanes or boats, the U.S.-led operation involves troops or law enforcement agents from Belize, Britain, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama and Spain. . . . Read Complete Report