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April 26 Meeting

the_cartelLast evening we met at John’s house for our monthly book club meeting.  The book for the month was ‘The Cartel‘ by Don Winslow.  In sync with the book John had a Mexican themed dinner with many brands of cerveza ( which were quickly consumed ) Salsa, Guacamole, and a very tasty Chilli. Thanks to Barb for that one !

The discussion of the book started with John telling us about the authors background as per our custom.  This is a second book in a series for the author and it was mentioned that it will be turned into a movie.

Based on the discussion we all felt that the book provided a eye opening insight into the Cartel wars which we all knew of but, at least for me, was not truly aware of the viciousness and brutality that was imposed on the un-involved Mexican. The spill over to the general population  makes you wonder why everyone didn’t leave.

For me it pointed out the disparity between the haves and have not’s in the country which fuels the graft and corruption endemic in Mexico. Craig brought up a comparison between prohibition and the war on drugs. How prohibition gave rise to organized crime in the same way that the war on drugs have given rise to the Cartels. It would have been interesting to vote on how many of the group would favor legalization of drugs.

All on all it was a very interesting and wide ranging discussion.

Had a chance to meet Damian and Jack, the two newest members of the BC.  Glad to have you with us.

Till next time.

 

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