Thursday, November 17, 2005

Drugs and Corruption

The Washington Post is running an AP article on the arrest of Guatemala's top drug enforcement officer. You don't really need to read the article to know what he was arrested for.

It's time for this country to wake up and realize that interdiction is not working. Indeed, the more successful that interdiction is, the greater the market price for illegal drugs. The greater the price, the more new providers will emerge. Even our efforts to eradicate the opium crop in Afghanistan through defoliants has only forced the farmers to grow more efficiently on fewer acres.

Education and treatment, yes. Interdiction, no.