Oct 22, 2009, 7:14 PM
Post #6 of 8
Why do you consider Traffic", the Hollywood movie, in any way a "documentary" or even accurate portrait of the U.S.-Mexican drug trade when it's just a knockoff of a BBC miniseries, Traffick", about Pakistani heroin coming into Great Britain?
I know it's not a popular position on this site, but until the United States takes its own drug problem seriously (and the U.S. is the consumer of a quarter of the world's narcotics, according to the CIA World Factbook and other reliable sources), and as long as the wealthy countries are expecting countries like Mexico, Colombia and Pakistan to fight proxy wars for THEIR problem, this is going to continue... and it's a GOOD thing that the consumer countries are being forced to deal with the problem on their own territory. Frankly, I don't see the U.S. and other consumer nations taking their problem seriously until severed heads start showing up in THEIR television studios.
I don't see consumption as Mexico's problem (even with the alarming doubling of narcotics use during the Calderón years by Mexican users, it's still a infintessimal fraction of the percentage of users in the rich countries... and if you look at where the Mexican users are, it's a concentrated problem near the U.S: border). There is no real reason Mexico should concern itself with U.S. policy. No one banned the sale of alcohol when the United States banned its importation -- as it was some great Mexican and Canadian fortunes were made in what was basically selling contraband. If Mexico can't simply legitimize the sale and production of the crap the U.S. so desperately wants, it could simply stop fighting the traders... and let the U.S. do what it wants.