U.S. Drug War Damages Both Canada, Mexico

Mexico and Canada have a lot more in common than their shared $25-billion annual trade and awkward relationship with the elephant in the middle.

They also serve as the economic and physical battle grounds for the demonstrably failing U.S. war on drugs. And while the carnage in Mexico gets more press, the violence also exists in places such as Abbottsford, B.C., Montreal and even Winnipeg, where it has taken the form of shooting children.

To his credit, Mexican President Felipe Calderon acknowledged this week the challenges he faces because of the war. In the 21/2 years since he called in the army to deal with drug lords, crooked cops and corrupt officials, between 14,000 and 17,000 Mexicans have met violent — often gruesome — deaths.

And although the casualty list on the Canadian side is much shorter, it includes minority groups from the Lower Mainland in B.C., aboriginal groups on the Prairies, Caribbean immigrants in Toronto and traditional Mafia organizations in Montreal, as well as bike gangs across the country.

For the past half decade, Canada’s response has been to tighten controls, lengthen sentences, impose minimum levels of incarceration and pump up funding to law enforcement agencies.

While these measures sound like Canada is taking the war seriously, there is very little evidence such measures will have positive returns over the long run.

In fact, in the United States where consecutive governments have got increasingly tough on drug crime, throwing record numbers of citizens in the slammer in the process, tens of billions have been spent, yet the consumption of illicit drugs is at record levels.

That years of costly, violent and extreme measures have only resulted in increased use should have been enough to convince any logical society that the policy has failed. But the damage of this drug policy runs much deeper.

The illicit drug trade is disproportionately responsible for the Americans having the highest incarceration rate in the free world and has been identified as a major factor in the targeting of minority groups by law enforcement agencies.

For example, while studies indicate illicit drug use is about the same in both Black and Caucasian populations, one in eight African-Americans is likely to be locked up primarily for drug-related offences, compared with fewer than one in 20 whites.

But the damage of America’s drug policy is best appreciated abroad — in the Canadian fields where increasingly large amounts of drugs are being produced by violent gangs, and on the streets of Mexican cities such as Culiacan and Ciudad Juarez, where beheaded bodies and burned buildings mark the front line in a losing battle.

It can also be seen in places such as Kingston, Jamaica, where police are involved in street battles to capture a drug boss with close ties to gangs in Canada, and in Afghanistan where Taliban and war lords plan their offences around the opium harvest so as not to disrupt their money supplies.

The damage from the war can also be seen in Colombia, a country with which Canada wants a free-trade agreement. Colombia never recovered from the days it was the front line in the U.S. global drug war.

Now it seems to be Mexico’s turn. The level of violence in Mexico since Mr. Calderon called in the army is almost as great as the upheaval that country went through a century ago during its civil war.

Mexico is Canada’s third-largest trading partner, responsible for a $22-billion, two-way exchange of goods and services each year. In comparison, drugs represent a $25-billion industry that directly employs more than 450,000 — and possibly millions indirectly — has taken over a significant part of the administration of 17 of the country’s 31 states and has so corrupted the police, judiciary, and even the army that the population has nowhere to turn.

Mr. Harper and Mr. Calderon have expressed their united desire to work together to enhance the relationships between their countries, but nowhere would the effort pay off greater than in a co-operative mission to end the failed U.S. drug strategy.

Increasingly, the security of North America depends on adopting an evidence-based approach to narcotics, rather than continuing on an ideological roadmap to failure.

– Article from The StarPhoenix.



  1. David762 on

    It is the USA which has been the driving force behind the world-wide “War on Drugs” and Prohibition 2.0. The USA has been involved covertly in the illicit drug trade since the Boxer Rebellions in China. Alliances with drug-financed warlords include the Golden Triangle warlords against the Imperial Japanese, the Chinese Communists, and the Vietnamese Communists, the Columbian warlords against peasant land reform movements in Latin America including Iran-Contra, and the Golden Crescent warlords against Soviet Russian expansion into West Asia and now the basis for a corrupt bought-and-paid-for Afghani central government. In every case the hypocrisy is astounding, as one of the targeted illicit drug markets has been the USA population. Never has the price of illicit drugs in the USA market been lower, the quality or quantity higher, nor the justification for a more repressive police state with draconian loss of individual liberty.

    The tentacles of the Anglo-American New World Order has imbued their Crony Capitalist Oligarchy upon the rest of humanity. The UN, IMF, and World Bank have all been blunt tools of the NWO to promulgate the dictates of Big Pharma, Private Prisons and Security Forces, and the American Military Industrial Complex, all to the benefit of the private for-profit international bankers. Chipping away at the fringes of this fascistic monster, whether in Europe or Latin America is futile — the beast must be confronted and defeated in its lair, in the USA. States Rights and MMJ / MJ re-legalization efforts are only the opening salvos in the battle for populism, individual rights, and freedom.

  2. ray christl THC MInistry on

    Muzzle your pets as ghost of REAGAN is in WH with new NANCY SHOW>Just say no is back in fashion. FIND a POLITCAL SYNTHESIS TO LEGALIZE in canada. Then come out of your closets in mass and get this DONE.