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Compared to most US gangsters, Mexico’s drug traffickers (as well as Colombia’s, Guatemala’s, etc.) are far better armed and more liberal with violence. They also have a great deal of experience with extortion, kidnapping, human trafficking, pirate merchandise, even oil theft, and an end to the drug prohibition would initially encourage them to double down on these alternative enterprises. Since extortion and kidnapping impose a much steeper penalty on society than surreptitiously moving a shipment of coc aine, legalization would likely not amount to a positive development in terms of public security in the short term.
The 40th anniversary of Washington's war on drugs has sparked calls for the decriminalization of narcotics, but what may seem like common sense for the US could spell disaster for Latin America.
This is not an argument against legalization, merely a call to consider its implications fully. To reiterate: eventually, the lower profits would lessen the allure of organized crime and push future would-be criminals into other walks of life. Likewise, the criminal groups that do exist would be less capable of bribing and bullying public officials, which would lead to stronger government institutions. But Latin America’s transition period would be tricky at best, and a humanitarian disaster at worst.
The end of drug prohibition would remove that opportunity cost, but more effective security agencies capable of closing most of the cases that come before them would provide an even stronger, more enduring disincentive. Therefore, legalization advocates need to pair their calls to rethink drug policy with redoubled efforts to strengthen Latin America’s police agencies, judiciaries, and penal systems.
Originally posted by Segenam
These are good points ...
I never considered these aspects of ending the 'war' ( makes me cringe when i call it a war .. its pathetic )
But regardless of the unwanted short term side effects ... right is still right ... and those side effects should be dealt with accordingly ...
Yeah ... when the war has ended .. and criminals double down on these other activites ... all they have to do is start a war on extortion, kidnapping, human trafficking, pirate merchandise, and oil theft .. sorted
Originally posted by HisMajesty
Do you know which number to call if you see "El Chapo" because i know its not 911.
Kidnappings seem to be the most popularedit on 18-6-2011 by HisMajesty because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Greensage
The way I see it, the "blow-back" will be coupled with the crash of the Dollar and so subsequently the picture that is being portrayed is slightly one-sided.
Their money is Dollars! I guess they can use their guns and start the illegal "food" cartel next???