The Bigger Picture
Local Neighborhoods and Foreign Countries
I have been following the War On Drugs for several years now and created this site in an attempt to spread information on the subject. After years of reading about drugs, law enforcement, society and people's beliefs and feelings on the subject I have read some pretty amazing and unbelievable things. Some of what I have read is tragic and heartbreaking. Drugs can definately impact a person's life, or a whole community in a very negative way. The war on drugs only adds to the damage caused by drugs and addiction.
In the last decade the source of America's drugs has shifted and the routes that get them here have changed. The groups in control of these routes have changed and those in control will do anything to maintain control. America has a hearty appetite for drugs and the cash to spend trying to get their fill. The only problem is they're spending billions and billions of dollars, only to obtain an even greater desire for drugs than they originally had. Most of the drugs are not domestic products. Some have ingredients that are not obtainable in the U.S. because of climate, regulations, or simply because Americans are not creative enough to get around these obstacles. No there is no shortage of drugs because of this, it just means the drugs are imported and the billions and billions of dollars are exported. Mexico has become the main benefactor of this. Middleman in the beginning, and eventually taking over the entire operation and all of the profits that went with the added risk. This has made some people very, very wealthy. With the vast amounts of cash coming into Mexico also brings many problems for law abiding citizens. Violence and corruption are out of control and in many places the good people are helpless against the thugs. Some of the biggest thugs and most dangerous criminals are in positions of authority or have the authority in their pocket. I couldn't believe some of the things happening there and I think most civilized people would be shocked and I don't believe any civilized people should have to live under such conditions. I believe this is another product of our war on drugs and it is easy to see that the situation is getting worse instead of better. Please pray, vote, educate yourself and hope things change for the victims of this war on drugs, and those suffering from addiction to the drugs the war is being waged against no matter where in the world they are.
A More Global View
As long as drugs can sell with such ease and demand such a high price the cartels will be willing to supply them and use whatever means neccessary to control the market. A great source for information on the cartels and their everyday workings, that is mainly written in English, is Borderland Beat.