MigrantRoots: The War on Drugs
I myself have always believe that the only solution to this problem is to give opportunities to migrants in the countries that they are coming from. I believe the only solution is to move towards a world where people migrate out of want, and not out of need.
That being said, in my opinion, we continue to ignore the real solution to all of this suffering. Some people see renegotiating NAFTA as a global solution, but it's so much more than that. It has to do with altering the U.S.'s imperialist and aggressive foreign policy. It has to do with developing a sane deportation policy. It has to do with the development of the majority world. And of course, I would be remiss, if I didn't mention the U.S.'s "War on Drugs".
The New York Times published an excellent editorial the other day entitled "Not Winning the War on Drugs":
Mexico and parts of Central America are being swept up in drug-related violence. Latin Americans are becoming heavy consumers of cocaine, and traffickers are opening new routes to Europe through fragile West African countries.
Eradication efforts are most likely to have more success if more money is spent on programs to wean coca growers from the business and improve the lives of their families and communities. Mexico, in particular, is in deep trouble, and the next American president should build on the Bush administration’s plans to provide counternarcotics aid. There needs to be a different mix: less money for equipment for security forces and more for economic development and programs to reform and strengthen Mexico’s judicial system.
Above all, the next administration must put much more effort into curbing demand — spending more on treating drug addicts and less on putting them in jail. Drug courts, which sentence users to treatment, still deal only with a small minority of drug cases and should be vastly expanded. Drug-treatment programs for imprisoned drug abusers, especially juvenile offenders, must also be expanded.
New York Times Editorial (2 July 2008)
I don't agree with all of it, but the editorial is certainly on the right track. It also illustrates the interconnectedness of the globe that we all fail to see so much of. It is because of U.S. and European demand that Latin America, and now West African countries are getting engulfed in this drug war.