End the “Cocaine Drug War”

I’ve spent the last hour watching a series on the History channel, devoted to educating the viewer on the drug trade.  This series is trying to teach the viewer how cocaine is harvested in Colombia, South America and then sold to drug cartels in Mexico, who then bring the drugs across the border into the United States for sale.

The question that keeps coming up is “is the drug war making a difference?”  And, the obvious answer is an undeniable no.  This drug war has been going on for over 40 years and trillions of federal tax dollars have been spent to fight this war.  However; I see this as a total waste of time and money.  Nobody seems to have an answer, yet I see this as nobody wants to face the reality of the problem.

COLOMBIA is the problem.  We can say that cocaine is the problem; however if the source of the cocaine is Colombia, and we’ve been fighting to stop its export for 40 years without success, it seems simple to me to come to the conclusion that ending the export of cocaine out of Colombia is the answer.  Sounds easy enough?  Well, yes it technically is.  We can stop being politically correct and just issue an ultimatum.  Colombia has not been able to control their own people from breaking the law, and the United States seems to love getting involved in fighting other people’s battles (Iraq is a great case in point).  So, I suggest the following.

We burn Colombia to the grown, from coast to coast, the entire country.  The only way to destroy this problem is to DESTROY the problem.  Enough with the “war on drugs” being a weak representation of a real war.  Colombia is responsible for more death and destruction in our country than almost any other, and they’ve been doing it for half a century or more.

Napalm the whole damn place to the ground.  Yes, this would be expensive; yet the problem would be gone almost overnight.


2 thoughts on “End the “Cocaine Drug War”

  1. Destroy the whole country? Burn it to the ground? So many issues you aren’t considering. 1) Colombia has huge natural rain forests which are invaluable to us all ecologically. 2) Colombia is comprised of more than drug Lords and addicts. Are we prepared to house millions of Colombians in the U.S. after we’ve arbitrarily taken their home from them? Sounds a lot like imperialism. Haven’t we already damaged enough of the world trying to force our opinion and culture on other countries? 3) Our argument should NOT be with the struggling farmer growing opiates in the hills of Colombia in order to feed his family, but with the greedy cartels only interested in making money; and with the Colombian government that turns a blind eye to the problem because it DOES provide an answer to unemployment for many. 4) Lastly, cocaine is NOT the biggest “drug” problem we have. Alcohol is far more dangerous, and is legal. More people suffer health issues, including death, from alcohol than from narcotics. Cocaine is a necessary medical tool used by doctors during surgical procedures. No doctor pours an ounce of Jack Daniels up the nose of a patient receiving sinus surgery.

    I think, instead of trying to control Colombia, we accept that society as a whole is forever searching for that panacea of happiness too often found in narcotics. Wiping Colombia off the map will not convince American, young or old, to give up their “high”. It’s been around longer than you or I, and is going to be around even longer.

    1. lol. This post was made a long time ago, and partially in jest.

      But I still do believe that cutting off the source does eliminate a huge part of the problem. Life is ugly, and when people can’t stop hurting our country, we owe it to our citizens to stop the problem. I hate our federal government and how they control most aspects of our lives, but defending us against threats such as this is where they “can” shine. All the reasons you’ve mentioned are legitimate, but none of them will make a difference. My answer does create a number of casualties of war for sure. But…no cocaine equals no cocaine abuse. Making comparisons to other problems isn’t a valid argument, because those other problems aren’t directly related. Yes, those other problems exist, but that’s not the point. The point was “the drug war”, and that long, failed war was focused on “cocaine and marijuana.” Given today’s opiate problem, that needs to be addressed as well.

      One thing at a time. We can’t solve it all at once.

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