“Impossible” to end drug trade, says Calderón
ENDING the consumption and the trafficking of illegal drugs is “impossible”, according to Felipe Calderón, Mexico’s outgoing president. In an interview with The Economist Mr Calderón, whose battle with organised crime has come to define his six years in office, said that countries whose citizens consume drugs should find “market mechanisms” to prevent their money from getting into the hands of criminals in Latin America.
In an interview recorded last month for this week’s special report on Mexico, Mr Calderón said: “Are there still drugs in Juárez [a violent northern border city]? Well of course, but it has never been the objective…of the public-security strategy to end something that it is impossible to end, namely the consumption of drugs or their trafficking…
“[E]ither the United States and its society, its government and its congress decide to drastically reduce their consumption of drugs, or if they are not going to reduce it they at least have the moral responsibility to reduce the flow of money towards Mexico, which goes into the hands of criminals. They have to explore even market mechanisms to see if that can allow the flow of money to reduce.
“If they want to take all the drugs they want, as far as I’m concerned let them take them. I don’t agree with it but it’s their decision, as consumers and as a society. What I do not accept is that they continue passing their money to the hands of killers.”
Translation: It’s all gringo’s fault. What else would you expect the President of Mexico to say? They’ll never really take any collective tribal responsibility for their half of the problem. And yes, they deserve half the blame, because economic transactions are two way streets. Our demand for dope is fueling their gang violence, but the Indo has a gang propensity hearkening back to Indian (feather, not dot) and Mesoamerican tribes. It could be just as much that they supply plus the almost non-existent border between our countries is fueling our demand. We’re back to chicken/egg.