Why Does The US Drug War Exist?
Although on the surface it may not seem like it, but the below article provides an excellent glimpse into sound reasoning for legalizing drugs.
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First, legal or not, people are gonna buy and use drugs thus enabling exorbitant profiteering. This profiteering serves to enrich mobsters, banking and for funding large and small government black operations. Worse, it condemns a large segment of society to live within an underground reality.
Drug problems should be treated medically, not criminally. Since we know drug problems will always exist, it becomes imperative we create a sensible point of contact with users and that we implement a rationale policy of harm reduction as a strategy.
Second, there is no reason why drug users must rely upon an illicit street chemist who cuts and adulterates drugs, affecting their quality and quantity (profits). And what of teenagers who become street chemists? And what of the older teenager who pushes the younger juvenile-aged teenager to deal the drugs because the penalty of getting caught is less severe and the juvenile arrest record will be wiped upon becoming an adult?
Third, the Drug War has spawned well beyond plain old criminalization techniques. It morphed into militarization tactics. How many police force communities teamed members to join others to create a regionalized SWAT team, replete with passed-down high-grade military equipment? What happens when a SWAT mentality permeates an entire police force? Importantly, the cost on constitutional rights and civil liberties has become unbearable and unforgiveable.
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Fourth, the question is begging: Relative to the article above, why were those Colombian soldier mercenaries, arrested for assassinating Haiti’s president, highly-trained by America? You bet! The Drug War! The excuse for fighting the war on drugs has become a convenient tool for building up political regimes, yes, dictators! The warlords of drug gangs then help prop up those governments that are friendly to furthering US geopolitical objectives, always centered upon corporate profiteering.
The Drug War creates an excuse, a justification for the presence of a US military foothold in Third World Nations.
The United States has some 800 military bases around the world, and 76 of these are in Latin America. Among the best known are 12 in Panama, 12 in Puerto Rico, nine in Colombia, and eight in Peru, with the greatest number concentrated in Central America and the Caribbean. — See Monthly Review: U.S. military presence in Latin America & the Caribbean (August 15, 2018)
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