After the kidnapping and deaths of Americans along the southern border between the United States and Mexico,the calls to get tough have become louder. Calls to get tough on the Cartels have echoed across American Media. Some conservatives have gone as far as to label the cartels terrorists not unlike Al Queda. [Think what would happen if Al Queda kidnapped Americans along the border , would we get tough then?], Josh Hammer asks in Newsweek. Some have even gone as far as to urge the U.S military into a combat mission into Mexico. What is going on with all this Machismo. Is it another exercise in Nation building like the run up to the war in Afghanistan and Iraq which left millions dead and had no tangible result?
Of all the talk of getting tough on cartels it has never seemed to work. Cartels like terrorist organizations only use the war against them to s new members, and fight harder. What is lost in this discussion is the of the war on drugs. Calls to double down and make it an actual war would likely turn things into a bigger nightmare.
What is lost in this discussion is the need to end the war on drugs , which has been a failure. The U.S has enacted get tough policies since the 1960s that have not worked. Millions of American citizens have been kidnapped treated like terrorists , locked in prisons sometimes for life and killed by police in the name of the war on drugs. The time has come for legalization and new thinking based on proven strategies not failed policies.
Not only do these chest thumping tactics fail , they fail because often they are based on outright lies. What may come as a surprise is that the cartels have apologized for the deaths and claim to respect the lives of innocent people. A cartel cannot be thought of a terrorist organization if the rules of the cartel are to respect the lives of the innocent. A real terrorist organization could never abide by these rules , because their goal is to bring death to a large number of innocent people.
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