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If the Drug War Makes Sense to You, Nothing Else Will

Submitted by smorgan on
Terrorism blogger Douglas Farah doesn’t understand why South American nations aren’t more excited about cooperating with the U.S. war on drugs:

So, after 30 years, on a political level there is no consensus that combatting drug trafficking is in the interest of most nations. Given the level of corruption, violence and social disintegration the criminal activities inevitably bring, such a conclusion by national leaders (backed, it seems, by the large majority of the population) is not easily understood.

Really? I know a lot of people have trouble with this, but it’s not that complicated. Widespread "corruption, violence and social disintegration" are caused by the war on drugs. Nothing could be more obvious to those living on the front lines of the drug war battlefield. There was no problem until we showed up. They probably assume there will be no problem once we leave. I don’t blame them.

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