20 Child Amnesty The issue of child soldiers came to a worldwide attention when the strongest, and most relentless child soldier army the LRA, killed thousands of people. These child soldiers and this army, performed actions that many people cannot easily just forgive and forget. From rape on young innocent women, to cruel and unusual punishment, the possibility of freedom for these young children was slim. What the main leaders of the LRA did to the accused was inescapable. However, many are not informed that behind all of the inhumane actions, are clear reasons of why this all occurred which also proves how these innocent minors deserve amnesty.
Did you know the Khmer Party killed about one in half to three million people during the Cambodian Genocide? They killed many people just because the Democratic Republic of Vietnam didn’t agree with the Khmer agreement they offered. They didn’t accept the Chinese agreement too. On January 17, 1968, Khmer Rouge launched their first offense. It was aimed at gathering weapon and spreading propaganda.
This would eventually lead to a war between the Medellin Cartel and the Colombian government. The cartel carried out numerous terrorist attacks against civilians and government targets in order to bring down the Colombian government. Hundreds of government personnel and civilians died from the Medellin Cartel’s violence, including a presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galan. In order to influence Colombian government the cartel began to bribe many government officials and those who didn’t accept the bribery were killed. However, the enormous amount of violence began to negatively affect the Medellin Cartel.
Also known as “La Eme”, this group is extremely violent and has been active since the 1940s. The Mexican Mafia was formed within the California Department of Corrections, which is the largest prison system in the country (Ferranti 2011). The “Mexican Mafia” and other Mexican gangs within the United States now have connections with the dangerous drug cartels throughout Mexico. This has expanded their resources, which has made them even more powerful. For example, one of these drug cartels, “Los Zetas”, has control over 11 states in Mexico.
While some may argue that these children should be responsible for the mass killings of innocent people, they forget that they are dependent on their commanders. Their commanders constantly supply them with food, money, and drugs, making them rely more and more on their commanders for these supplies. Although these children did kill many people, they were unaware of their actions when ordered to commit this crime therefore should not be held accountable. Certainly it could be said that children enlisted in the military want to avenge the death of loved ones; while this is a good point, it fails to account for how clueless these children were about soldier life. These child soldiers think that being enlisted will lead to a more secure life with shelter and food, unfortunately they do not realize what they have to do in order to receive that kind of life.
But what we did not know is that they were members of the rival cartel called Cartel De Sinaloa and that one of them was the son of an important member and that is when we notice we have messed up. They were known for their brutality and mass assassinations. We freaked out when we found out and asked ourselves what to do because we knew they would come for vengeance. Without any notice, the next day 6 people were found dead chopped into pieces in plastic bags with a letter saying “Esto es por nuestra gente y esto es apenas el empiezo” or “ This is for our people and this is just the beginning” Everybody was scared and started to leave the town, and within a matter of days it became a ghost town and a war field. My mom and decided to come to the United States because she said we were going to be safer and my father had to stay because he was a member of the cartel that was fighting the Sinaloa Cartel.
Defusing Terrorism Terrorism is the unlawful use of violence and intimidation. It has recently grown into a much bigger issue than it has been in the past. As we look around and see more terrorist groups grow or develop the threats and issues have come to rise to all of society. In an article by William Deloof he said that “the number of total fatalities related to terrorism has risen by 80% since the year before”. Society as a whole needs to be more aware of what is going on outside of our “bubble.” Terrorism has cost a lot of devastation and tragedy.
Mexico’s drug cartels are the worst they have been in years, and all the problems stem from a lack of proper decision making from the government at every level . Since Colombia was taken away from the drug scene, Mexico’s cartels have made up for the slack and then some. Subsequently, cartels in Mexico also began to flourish at a time when Mexico was in the process of instituting a new form of government. Not only is Mexico trying to work out the kinks of their new democracy, but the cartels are pushing more drugs than ever before; Mexico needs to address this problem. To make matters worse, a number of Mexican officials are corrupt, unaccountable, or distrusted by the people.
America is a country known for its impregnable environment— one of the essential lures for others to join this melting pot of people. In recent years, the southern border has been left open and vulnerable to contamination, brutality, and economic downfall. From where have these realities catastrophizing our nation arisen? Walking in almost freely, pregnant herds of Mexican illegal immigrants infiltrate the United States by the millions, carrying on their backs a plethora of diseases, including, but not limited to, Malaria, Leprosy, and HIV, along with millions of pounds of cocaine and marijuana each year. The drug war in America grows rapidly and is a strong contributor to the violence seen in the nation today.
In the hunt for terrorists they have often beat and tortured innocent people if they or other villagers have suspected they are reporting to Boko Haram. Amnesty amongst others have reported on these war crimes , and just like drone strikes and increased air strikes killing civilians is recruiting jihadists in the Middle East, government “overreaction” (in the sense that they go out to hunt anyone without either a fair trial or even double checking) is recruiting Boko Haram fighters. The governments behavior has definitively both caused suffering directly through their violence and indirectly through the recruitment of more
According to the testimonies heard at trial, “the constant fear of death and the trauma of several devastating incidents took a heavy toll on morale” (Mosher, 2006, p. A13). The testimonies also revealed that the soldiers had been consuming alcohol prior to committing the crime. Furthermore, it was determined that Steven Green was the “ringleader” in the attack and that he was the one who had allegedly shot and killed the girl and her family. After the incident had occurred, Green was discharged from the Army because he was found to have a personality disorder. In addition, a trial witness who met Green in Iraq claimed that he had expressed “lack of concern or caring for Iraqi life versus American soldiers’ life” (Mosher, 2006, p. A13).
In 1910 the poor of Mexico started a revolution against president Porfirio Díaz that led to the election of Francisco Madero. Madero was however assassinated and General Victoriano Huerta was put in power which caused even more fighting to start between the military and the Mexican people. This affected the U.S in several ways. First being that over a million mexicans made they way across the border and settled mostly in Texas, New Mexico, and California. Second was that both the revolution and the new regime treated American interests in Mexico and this led to many calling for the U.S to intervene.
Crime by the Mexican border has become worse over the years. Mexican Side Of The Border: Drug trafficking. Human smuggling. Extortion. Murder.. All these crimes represent a multi-billion dollar industry and they pose a threat not only to communities on both sides of the border, but to our national security as well.
Life in Mexico can be very harsh, many people outside of Mexico believe life in the country isn’t as bad as it seems. Over the years the country has changed but still face many problems. The Mexican drug war is still a highly supplied conflict between the Mexican army and drug cartels in Mexico. The country has been one of the main suppliers of illegal drugs that causes discrimination, drug trafficking and many deaths yearly. The question is, how has life in Mexico changed before and after the war on drugs?
Mexican drug cartels are carving out new territory in northern Guatemala, adding another layer of violence and crime to a country with one of the highest murder rates in the hemisphere. In December the Guatemalan government declared a two-month state of siege in the rural province of Alta Verapaz, bordering Mexico, in order to crack down on the growing influence of the notorious Mexico-based Los Zetas cartel. “Drug traffickers have us cornered,” Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom told the country’s Congress in January. “Just the weapons seized in Alta Verapaz are more than those of some army brigades.” The state of siege deployed hundreds of Guatemalan soldiers in the region and allowed them to carry out searches and detain suspects without