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A critically thinking curmudgeon whose goal, in addition to creatively venting about the imperfect world in which we live, is to induce critical thinking in others. The ultimate goal is to help bring about a peaceful world in which we can all live in freedom.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

As Good a Reason As Any To Secede and Reassert Their Independence

Antiwar.com today linked to this New York Times article on the impact of the “War on Drugs” on the Tohono O'odham Nation, my neighbors in southern Arizona who are the only Native American tribe whose land straddles the U.S.-Mexico border.

For all practical purposes the Tohono O'odham reservation is under military occupation (by proxy, with the DEA serving as the occupying force), as it has become a popular transit route for Mexican drug smugglers bringing their wares into the Upper 48. The once pristine and peaceful community has become an unwilling battleground in Imperial Amerika's longest running exercise in prohibition, with residents afraid to walk the streets of their neighborhoods after dark due to fear of violence from either G-men or Mexican drug runners.

Once again, Native Americans suffer for the white man's sins. As conditions continue to worsen and as Leviathan sinks deeper into bankruptcy, corruption, and anarcho-tyranny, one can only hope that a leader (or leaders) will emerge among the Tohono O'odham people who will say “ENOUGH!” I cannot think of a better place for the secession movement to get rolling than among the indigenous peoples who arguably have suffered longer than anyone else under the depredations of the federal government.