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Mexico drug trade; who’s to blame?
US is concerned about Mexico’s drug trade; the US itself is to blame

US is admittedly worried about the wave of killings in Mexico’s drug wars, as Hillary Clinton acknowledged in her recent visit to that strife torn state, that domestic demand for narcotics in her country and consequent supply of weapons to the drug lords is fuelling this violence. The drug trade related violence in Mexico has skyrocketed (it has taken lives of 6000 people in 2009 alone, and 1000 so far this year) since December 2006, when the President of Mexico, Felipe Calderón launched a military offensive against the cartels. Surely, US cannot be nonchalant anymore about this peril, as 90% of drugs that are smuggled into US come from Mexico. But conversely, an overwhelming proportion of weapons used by cartels in Mexico comes from United States!

Mexican drug cartels distribute marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamine in at least 25 US cities, according to law enforcement offices. Notwithstanding that, the biggest producer of drugs in the world is Afghanistan, clearly under quasi US control. A United Nation’s report claims that cultivation of opium poppy in Afghanistan rose by 60% in 2006, and another 17% in 2007. Has the US occupation actually fuelled drug produce? Perhaps. Overall, Afghanistan produces narcotics that can beat the production in Columbia, Peru and Bolivia combined. The total value of international trade of narcotics in this battered country is close to $40 billion, and opium export to neighbouring countries is approximately $3.1 billion – while Afghan poppy farmers earn about $600 million in total, much less than the traffickers who receive over $2.3 billion.

The drug trade – that generates an annual worldwide business of jaw dropping $400 billion – has its biggest buyers in the US. Clearly, Hillary Clinton needs to look inwards first and then question the involvement of outside nations.

By:- Sayan Ghosh

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