Mary O’Grady kommenterer under overskriften “The War on Drugs is Doomed” i dagens WSJ den seneste udvikling i Mexico. Den fortsatte narkotika relaterede vold, der også har ramt amerikanske statsborgere, er grunden til at udenrigsminister Hillary Clinton i morgen besøger Mexico. Men som O’Grady skriver;

They say that the first step in dealing with a problem is
acknowledging that you have one. It is therefore good news that
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will lead a delegation to Mexico
tomorrow to talk with officials there about efforts to fight the mob
violence that is being generated in Mexico by the war on drugs. U.S.
recognition of this shared problem is healthy.

But that’s where the good news is likely to end.

Og fortsætter:

Violence along the border has skyrocketed ever since Mexican
President Felipe Calderon decided to confront the illegal drug
cartels that operate there. Some 7,000 troops now patrol Juarez, a
city of roughly one million. Yet even militarization has not
delivered the peace. The reason is simple enough: The source of the
problem is not Mexican supply. It is American demand coupled with
prohibition.

Siden Obama blev præsident har der lydt blidere toner fra det hvide hus i forhold til hvordan narkotikapolitikken skal føres i fremtiden (vi venter dog fortsat på konkrete tiltag), og man har erklæret ikke at ville “føre krig mod sin egen befolkning”. Der er dog et centralt problem der ikke adresseres ved en evt. afkriminalisering af brugerne af narkotika, som vi har set det i Portugal, Holland og Tjekkiet, nemlig den vold der har sit udspring i udbudssiden.

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