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More Dollars For Futile Drug Fight
Written by Ted Jackson   
December 2008
More Dollars For Ffutile Drug FightPreviously the largest source of marijuana and heroin to the U.S., several years ago the already hugely powerful Mexican drug cartels cut a transport deal with Columbians whereby the Mexican cartels would move all the Columbians’ coke bound for the U.S. in exchange for a 50 percent cut. The deal hugely increased the already vast wealth of the Mexican cartels, which move probably at least $300 billion a year into the hungry U.S. market. Considering Mexico’s official GDP will be about $1.3 trillion this year, it is clear that the cartels’ are inifinitely more powerful and well financed than all of Mexico’s police forces and military forces combined - all the result of drug prohibition that puts vast sums into the hands of the worlds least socially desirable elements. This is also why the December 3 announcement by the Bush administration that $200 million was being released to the Mexican government to help try and fight the cartels wa so laughable, a tiny sum in comparison to the cartels’ $300 billion a year. The fact is that, in places like Mexico, the criminal drug elements wield more power than governments do - a gift of America’s War on Drugs.

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