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Drug War

Two decades of counter-narcotics assistance in Latin America have shown that military aid does little to reduce drug production and trafficking. At best it creates a balloon effect, spurring drug-related violence in region after region.

But as the Drug War manifests in new countries, it’s met with the same one-size-fits-all military strategies - at the insistence of the U.S. government.

Current U.S. drug policy stems from a failure to recognize the roots of the drug trade: U.S. demand and the devastating poverty that drives people to grow and sell drugs.  And the War on Drugs itself has proved a failure: today both violence and drug use are at all-time highs.

As long as addicts in Los Angeles continue to provide an ample market for cocaine, cartels in Tijuana will kill to control that market.  The peaceful future that we all seek cannot be found in the barrel of a gun, but in well-funded schools and well-stocked U.S. drug rehab clinics.

A change in direction is long overdue.  Witness for Peace calls on the United States to:

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