In the story, Dr. Josh Kun spoke about the struggles of the war on drugs and the recent massive casualties on the southern side of the border. I had talked about this violence in a past post, but hearing about it from the point of view of someone else made me realize all the more how desperate the situation is.
Drug smuggling, money, and reality
As Josh pointed out, drug-dealing and smuggling bring in so much money (billions of dollars annually) that it is at best naive, and at worse, stupid, to think that guns and enforcement are going to do the job. When there are tens of billions of dollars at stake in areas of the world that are deeply entrenched in severe poverty, the money is going to win.
I’ve had personal experience with this, with Mexican Federales bringing in cocaine in the tires of police cars. When faced with smuggling operations like that, all the sweeping governmental mandates won’t change a thing.
How do we fix the cocaine problem?
Given the fact that the US supplies the drug dealers not only with the money (we buy more than 50% of the world’s drugs), but also with the guns, it seems to me that there are only 2 ways to make a dent in the business:
1) We have to do a better job at treating, and preventing, the massive drug-abuse problem in this country. I’m working on this, and I haven’t failed at much in my life (yet), so hold on tight, I’m on it.
2) We have to do whatever we can to increase the standard of living in these places. That way, the deaths, the shootings, the violence, and the fear that permeate the border towns on both sides of the US-Mexican border affected by this are simply no longer worth it. If given a choice between starvation and a cocaine run, most of us would choose the cocaine; the choice is a lot simpler when there’s food on the table and soccer balls for the kids to play with.
That’s it, that’s our goal. This is how we make the world of drug abuse, smuggling, brain-damage, imprisonment, and death, better. We don’t do it with guns; instead we used common sense, we use our heads. We can’t beat out poverty with bullets, the human will to survive and thrive will keep producing soldiers.