You may be asking your self, if both sides of the argument are wrong, whats the correct solution then. Well, the true answer is, there is no solution. Drugs have always been a problem, and will continue to be a problem. So, instead of fighting a war to exterminate drug use, we should focus more efforts on slowing it down. Right now, that would require us to focus on one of the main sources, Mexico.
In 2006 Mexico declared its own war on drugs. Since that time drug related violence has skyrocketed. In 2011, estimates put drug related deaths in Mexico more than 12,000. In perspective, that is double U.S. casualties in Afghanistan and Iraq from 2001 to present. Since 2006, sources range Mexican casualties from 30,000 to above 50,000, all drug related. Mexicos war on Drugs-Pictures
In recent news was the debacle of the ATF. The ATF attempted to track a shipment of guns that would lead them to high value cartel targets. Instead, the ATF lost the shipment and we would come to find out that an American border patrol agent was gunned down with one of the very same weapons as a result from "project Gunrunner". This is not a uncommon occurrence though. The U.S. is a major supplier of the weapons that are used between the skirmishing cartels and the Mexican government. It has reached the point were we are doing more harm than good, and the Mexican government has noticed it.Mexico on U.S. weapons.
The violence now though is reaching extreme proportions. The cartels use tactics (as pictured above) to instill fear into citizens. They leave dismembered bodies right in public view for all to see. Demonstrating the cartels power. By doing this they demonstrate their power over the government as well. On another occasion last fall after strings of violence against the police force on a border town of Texas the entire police force resigned for fear of their lives.Police resign. On yet another occasion last fall cartel members stopped in rush hour traffic on another border town and dumped 35 bodies in the middle of the road.
The violence extends on all ranges though. It is not just cartels killing each other. Civilians are being targeted too.
Most of these incidents are happening fairly close to the American border, and it is only a matter of time before the violence starts to spill on American soil. So one of the solutions, the most relevant, is to increase border security by a substantial margin. It will still be a temporary fix. As the Mexican government had the same idea, they stepped up border security and on known drug paths. The problem is, that the cartels violence are so extravagant and they have so much wealth as is, they are able to buy off politicians and security forces to allow the transportation still. Mexican government corruption. The demand for drugs will always be there, and so the dealers will find a way to get it in. But if the market can be hindered long enough, the cartel competition could fall apart long enough for one to take control of all of it. That is the sad truth. The best case scenario, is that one cartel takes control to end this trend of violence. As Mexico still has many hot spots for vacationing Americans, just last week the State department issued a enhanced warning from last year telling tourists to be careful while traveling. State Department Warning. With no end in sight as of now, and a spiraling budget deficit and a increase in violence, both governments are preparing for further damage. It will still be a long time before things get better, and most likely things will get worse before major change is made.