Posted by: Dark Defender | January 15, 2009

Whats more important the war on terror or the drug war?

I know Ive been light on the blogging, Ivebeen distracted with midterms.  I do have to comment on this IBD article though.  Basically it claims that Mexico is in as much risk of collapse as Pakistan.

“The Mexican possibility may seem less likely, but the government, its politicians, police and judicial infrastructure are all under sustained assault and pressure by criminal gangs and drug cartels. How that international conflict turns out over the next several years will have a major impact on the stability of the Mexican state. Any descent by Mexico into chaos would demand an American response based on the serious implications for homeland security alone,” the report said.

First, the U.S. must find more money to strengthen and support the $1.4 billion Merida Initiative designed to professionalize Mexico’s military and civil forces to fight the well-armed and well-funded drug traffickers. The U.S. has given out the first $400 million, but in an era of big bailouts it should find room to give Mexico the additional resources it has asked for.

Second, U.S. defense contingency plans need to be stepped up, as the report implies. We shouldn’t be caught napping.

Third, we need to educate the public about the threat so that Congress will have less trouble scaring up the resources.

Well that’s one option, another would be suing for peace in the war on drugs so we can focus on the war where people are actually trying to kill us, not sell us products we want but our elites have decreed are bad for us.

Imagine if instead of redoubling our failed interdiction and eradication efforts we sat down with Colombia, Mexico and other nations who have shattered by  our exporting the drug war and said “Lets come up with a way that you can grow this product our citizens clearly want, in such a way that it will benefit your farmers and government rather than the drug cartels.”  It would be a difficult transition, of course you’d have to fight the drug dealers to take control from them.  But the profit motive would now be on the governments side and cartel profits would fall from the fact that naturally, the product can be more cheaply produced and transported to its eager customers legally.  Bringing drug sales out of the realm of the black market and into the light would mean it would become part of the economy, it would be taxable, provide jobs in impoverished countries and in time save us tens of billions in money being wasted on a “war” I don’t think anyone seriously believes is winnable.

Of course you can argue with my characterization maybe things wouldn’twork out as well I say.  You cant argue with the previous results of the drug war though, we’ve been fighting this war for almost hunderd years, hows it working out? Can anyone seriously claim that drug use is less now than when it was first legalized early in the 20thcentury? Can anyone provide evidence that the tens (if not hundreds) of billions spent on it has had any impact other than making drugs more expensive and cartels more profitable? Isnt it time to try a new strategy?


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