The endless war

The Justice Department just released its “National Drug Threat Assessment” for 2011, which clearly shows that the war on drugs is not going well.

What is being done does not work, neither regarding the supply nor the consumption. How many years has this war lasted, how many resources have been invested, how many lives lost (especially in Mexico ) and it all remains the same?

The document is uncompromising: The abuse of heroin, marijuana and methamphetamines continues to increase in the United States , especially among the young. At least 8.7% of Americans aged 12 and older (21.8 million) are habitual drug users.

Mexican drug cartels have extended their tentacles and now have a presence in 1,000 U.S. cities, up from an estimated 230 two years ago. Street gangs on this side of the border are closely linked with cartels and drug distribution, and all the efforts and resources invested in border interdiction have literally yielded no results.

The published report joins a memo from the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) Office of Intelligence that was recently leaked to the public, which analyzes whether the deaths or arrests of drug traffickers affect the smuggling activities of a certain group or cartel.

Findings show the answer is no, since cartels operate with redundant personnel, and even if the arrests or disappearances of “key personnel” continue, there is no long-term impact in the flow of drugs.

In short, an endless war is apparently never lost-but only apparently.

While a market like the one in the United States continues to exist, there will be production and trafficking in Mexico and other countries.

This war, under these conditions, will never end.