Interventions in the western hemisphere typically involve US Marines in Latin American countries, but this month has seen a different kind of intervention: Latin Americans telling Uncle Sam that he’s got to do something about his drug habit. The Washington Post reports:
Alongside official declarations, Latin American governments have expressed growing disgust for U.S. drug consumers — both the addict and the weekend recreational user heedless to the misery and destruction paid for their pleasures.“Our region is seriously threatened by organized crime, but there is very little responsibility taken by the drug-consuming countries,” Guatemala’s President Alvaro Colom said at a December meeting of Latin leaders in Caracas. Colom said the hemisphere was paying the price for drug consumption in the United States with “our blood, our fear and our human sacrifice.”
This is a good point. For all the problems drug use and addiction cause in the U.S. — and there are many — the impact on the drug-producing countries of Latin America is greater still. Governments in Colombia and Mexico seem to be trying their best to deal with the drug trade and its associated violence, but with little success — as long as Americans are using drugs, the cartels will find a way to bring them here.America should heed their advice — society should take a stronger stand against recreational drug use. Hollywood, in particular, needs to clean up its act; movies that promote drug use have become increasingly accepted and common, and it is naive to believe that this has no impact on our society. The drug trade is destroying communities from Colombia to Saskatchewan, public figures should have the courage to call out drug use for the destructive force that it is.Actors, musicians and other cultural figures who flaunt their drug use are not only endangering the welfare of poor kids here who will take them for role models; they are helping to murder innocent people and to undermine the stability and prosperity of the countries around us. Music companies and film companies who make money from cultural products that celebrate drugs are violating basic standards of decency. A culture that worries about fair trade coffee beans but indulges drug use is empty, clueless and vain.That is not a bad description of the entertainment-industrial complex in the United States; widespread tolerance of the drug use that wreaks such immense devastation on our neighbors in this hemisphere reveals the hollowness and hypocrisy of Hollywood’s moral poseurs. Until Hollywood takes a strong and effective moral stand against drugs, it needs to shut up.Lefties always tell us we should listen to the third world more; this Latin intervention might be a good time to start. Uncle Sam, listen up: the culture of drugs is a culture of death.