USA Today: Putting El Chapo Behind Bars Does … ?
|March 7, 2014||Posted by Staff under Editorials|
This 2014 excerpt of USA Today, Feb 26, is by Hannah Hetzer.
It is a mistake to believe that the capture of drug lord, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera, will lead to a decrease in violence. Guzmán’s arrest will not dismantle the criminal networks involved in drug trafficking.
40 years of the war on drugs has not led to a decrease in drug consumption or supply on a global scale, yet it has led to the proliferation of drug cartels and crime associated with the underground market.
As long as there is an illicit market for drugs, there will be violent cartels to supply it. Ultimately, we need to depart from the repressive, militarized, and punitive methods of the past and get to the heart of tackling organized crime, with initiatives such as legal regulation, being spearheaded by Uruguay, Washington, and Colorado.
Ed. Notes: If most of us can deal with the drug issue rationally, what’s to stop us from dealing rationally with other intractable issues, such as land speculation?