Is America simply going to declare “victory” in the War against Street-Drugs by legalizing their use?


  The following excerpts appeared in a WALL STREET JOURNAL article dated March, 21, 2010,  titled “War on Drugs is doomed”:

… marijuana use, through medical marijuana outlets and general social acceptance, has become de facto legal in the U.S., and demand is robust. The upshot is that consumption is cool while production, trafficking and distribution are organized-crime activities. This is what I called in a previous column, “a stimulus plan for Mexican gangsters.” … 

And:…  “There is one ray of hope for innocent victims of the war on drugs. Last week the Journal reported that Drug Enforcement Administration agents were questioning members of an El Paso gang about their possible involvement in the recent killings in Juárez [of the American Consulate employees and relatives ]. If the escalation is now spilling over into the U.S., Americans may finally have to face their role in the mess.”

The question in the heading of this post was written in half jest, but the street-drug problem is not funny (funny only to the drug cartels who can laugh all the way to the bank)…  Worth pointing out also is that killings directly related to those who import drugs into the United States are not simply a very recent occurrence…  Surely local police forces all across the country can attest that such killings have been in this country for years…

Because of the insatiable desire of a segment of people in our own country to use street-drugs, and our own government’s unwillingness to engage aggressively in solving the problem of usage in this country, the government of Mexico continually has been not only encouraged but pushed hard to combat the drug cartels’ menace…  Referring again to the WSJ article, another point among several that was made was that the problem  is economics-driven — that anyone with common sensical knowledge of simple economics ought to understand that the problem is rooted in this country, and that if there were not a  demand for the drug here, the dangerous deadly drives to get the drugs here would not exist. For example, speaking Economics 101, who would sacrifice chunks of money, everyday hardships and lives to sell a proverbial Pinto automobile if there were no demand for it?

For years American political leaders have failed  to acknowledge  simple economics, as well as failed to exercise good ol’ commonsense…  And if one looks across the country and sees the further attempts here and yonder to legalize street-drugs, the political will seems to be that if the usage of street-drugs is legalized, we will have won the War on Drugs.  That is like saying that if we outlaw the sun, we will have solved the stated problem of  “global warming”.

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