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Posted by on Jan 29, 2012 in Health, International, Law, Media, Places, Politics, Society, War | 3 comments

Mexico Drug Violence – ‘Business is Business’ (La Jornada, Mexico)

Why is Mexico’s ‘war on drugs’ proving to be the longest and most deadly battle in the nation’s history? Columnist Luis Javier Garrido of Mexico’s La Jornada outlines in great detail how the companies and government agencies which are supposed to battle narco-trafficking are proving so profitable, neither governments nor the companies they pay wish it to end.

For La Jornada, Luis Javier Garrido writes in small part:

The so called “war on drugs” is, in addition to whatever else it is, a terrific business for a number of huge corporations near and dear to American Democrats, as well as for many businessmen linked to the Felipe Calderón Government. From their point of view, extreme violence is good for business.

From its origins, in addition to a series of imperial political, strategic and military objectives, the notion of a “war on drugs” concealed very clear economic interests on the part of certain business consortia associated with these interests and the federal government, which could count on extraordinary funding approved by Capitol Hill. Experts on Washington drug policy all agree that even after the commotion of Nixon, nothing about broader U.S. policy has changed, which continued to be governed by the 1970 Controlled Substances Act, which was nothing but an expansion of the 1914 Harrison Narcotics Act. And nothing changed, even after the “war” was elevated to the status of law on January 28, 1972.The only novelty is that since then, business has flourished.

Consequently, in the last few years, Washington drug policy has followed this contradictory path. On the one hand, the United States has been engaged in a permanent campaign to fight drugs and provide “aid” to other countries, supposedly to discourage and reduce drug production, which at times has even involved military intervention. On the other, it invariably tended to preserve the drug trade as a great business, overseen and directed from Washington, which has illicitly benefited even senior-level politicians; while on the legal side, it has showered ever-greater state resources on the issue and allowed multiple companies to develop a series of “illegitimate” businesses.

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  • The_Ohioan

    Some reference points would have been nice. You know, some statistics, names, logic.

  • malcolmkyle

    Some simple facts:

    * A rather large majority of people will always feel the need to use drugs such as heroin, opium, nicotine, amphetamines, alcohol, sugar, or caffeine.

    * The massive majority of adults who use drugs do so recreationally – getting high at the weekend then up for work on a Monday morning.

    * A small minority of adults (5%) will always experience drug use as problematic. – approx. 3% are dependent on alcohol, and 1.5% dependent on other drugs.

    * Just as it was impossible to prevent alcohol from being produced and used in the U.S. in the 1920s, so too, it is equally impossible to prevent any of the aforementioned drugs from being produced, distributed and widely used by those who desire to do so.

    * Prohibition kills more people and ruins more lives than the drugs it prohibits.

    * Due to Prohibition (historically proven to be an utter failure at every level), the availability of most of these mood-altering drugs has become so universal and unfettered that in any city of the civilized world, any one of us would be able to procure practically any drug we wish within an hour.

    * Throughout history, the prohibition of any mind-altering substance has always exploded usage rates, overcrowded jails, fueled organized crime, created rampant corruption of law-enforcement – even whole governments, while inducing an incalculable amount of suffering and death.

    * The involvement of the CIA in running Heroin from Vietnam, Southeast Asia and Afghanistan and Cocaine from Central America has been well documented by the 1989 Kerry Committee report, academic researchers Alfred McCoy and Peter Dale Scott, and the late journalist Gary Webb.

    * It’s not even possible to keep drugs out of prisons, but prohibitionists wish to waste hundreds of billions of our money in an utterly futile attempt to keep them off our streets.

    * The United States jails a larger percentage of it’s own citizens than any other country in the world, including those run by the worst totalitarian regimes, yet it has far higher use/addiction rates than most other countries.

    * Prohibition is the “Goose that laid the golden egg” and the lifeblood of terrorists as well as drug cartels. Both the Taliban and the terrorists of al Qaeda derive their main income from the prohibition-inflated value of the opium poppy. An estimated 44 % of the heroin produced in Afghanistan, with an estimated annual destination value of US $ 27 Billion, transits through Pakistan. Prohibition has essentially destroyed Pakistan’s legal economy and social fabric. – We may be about to witness the planet’s first civil war in a nation with nuclear capabilities. – Kindly Google: ‘A GLOBAL OVERVIEW OF NARCOTICS-FUNDED TERRORIST GROUPS’ Only those opposed, or willing to ignore these facts, want things the way they are.

    * The urge to save humanity is almost always a false-face for the urge to rule it. – H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) American editor, essayist and philologist.

  • slamfu


    Great run down of all the reasons to alter our drug policies. See also, “The last 25 years”.

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