Take that business away from them, and now you have unemployed criminals, looking for work...
If you knew everything there was to know about processing and distributing cocaine, you had an extant supply and distribution chain, then why in the world would you get out of the business when it went legit? What're you gonna do, go rob people in alleys, or become a consultant for Glaxo-Smith-Kline's new Peruvian branch?
Having embraced the American drug war, having taken our dollars to battle the cartels, the northern states of our southern neighbor have become an abattoir. Fifty thousand bodies in the Mexican streets, and so much drug-war weariness that voters have turned against the incumbent regime and last week restored to power the Institutional Revolutionary Party, which was, in fact, often accused of accommodating, rather than battling, the traffickers.
The article's hypothesis is that even cutting off the major source of income won't bring these organizations down if the state doesn't reassert itself and fill this power vacuum.
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