Mexico and the Drug Wars
Published on: March 23, 2009
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  • Alejandro Schtulmann

    Please correct. it is coca, not cocoa in “Cocoa eradication in Peru and Bolivia pushed the problem into Colombia”. the latter is the plant of chocolate

    kind regards


  • I’m Martin Rodriguez, a Guatemalan journalist now based in Madrid working for a think tank.

    The analysis of Mr. Fukuyama is good, but it has 4 weak points. The first one: Plan Colombia and US militar aid is not what reduced violence in Bogotá and Medellín during the last 6 years. Mockus and Fajardo administrations from both Mayor’s office reduced violence with culture and building of citizenship during the 90’s.

    Second one: It doesn’t mention that the lack of rule of law and institutional corruption is one of the biggest heritage of authoritarian regimes in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.

    Third one: the attention on the cartels money laundry in the US and elsewhere and the arm trafficking should be at the center of the debate.

    And last one: depenalization of marihuana has a window of opportunity now and would take much of the cartels income away and many young Americans and Latin Americans away from jails.

  • Alex Borges

    It is terrible, I think, that the one set reasonable solutions (for example: legalization of self-cultivated soft, natural drugs like cannabis or psyloscybe) that would severely hinder globalized crime, is impossible to implement due to traditions, wrongful commitments, and bureaucracy.

    We, inteligente people, should stard demanding NOW that this state-of-things is changed as soon as possible.

    Good public policy is SOUND public policy.

    Beating on the piñata one way (just hollering at the “horrible” mexican gangs) or another (actually shooting at them side-by-side with mexican police), is no solution AT ALL.

    Hell, it isn’t even the beginning of any solution. Its a loss of time, another “war on drugs” scheme to win another election. There is nothing REAL behind it, nor in the states or in Mexico, except the cold calculation of budget hungry police bureaucrats backed by a panicked crowd that simply does not know any better.

    Shame! Shame on us! Shame on you!

    Shame on occident when we so blatantly abdicate from reason to govern ourselves.

  • Antonio

    the guy who wrote the “shame” stuff above is just pathetic and anachronic.
    Wake up!.
    The problem is insolutable.

  • gerson rodriguez

    Mr. Fukuyama’s perception of the drug trafficking problem is excellent in broad terms.
    It explains most or all of the elements that make this problem an international issue and so Dantish.

    It is interesting to note that the US is trying to fight a problem outside its borders and that somehow has been created and it is still being fueled inside its borders. Foreign policy
    is trying to put out a fire fed within the states.
    This is a clear example of lack of coherence within the government.

    Another interesting fact is how the drug dealers have vast quantites of cash to create successful business enterprises.
    An antidote for this illegal and destructive business entreprise would be the creation of solid neighborhoods based on solid up to date institutions based on spirit and not money.

    Mr. Fukuyama, greetings from Guatemala’s IGA!!

  • e

    Martin Rodriguez is wrong, in US military help was essential for the Colombia government to fight attack from Pro Communist forces funding by narco forces . In Peru when the government provided military support and weaponry to the Indians to fight the Shining path, the violent Pro Communist group fell apart too.

    Military aid from US make a difference. Armed movements with a track record of violence and effort to take over governments needs to be face with strong military might . Fire is not extinguish without fire and war are not won without weapons

    Mr Rodriguez seems to suffer amnesia and he forgot factual truths and their consequences

  • Scott

    You would think that after more than 30 years of fighting the same war on drugs and accomplishing nothing except filling American prisons with addicts who would benifit from treatment rather than incarceration, they might have learned a few things in Washington. Sadly, this is not the Washington way. In Washington if what you’re doing is not working then you clearly need to be doing more of it.

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