The Spread of Drugs as a World Problem

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There are many security threats facing nation states. The threat of international terrorism attract the most headlines and governments spend a lot of money to combat it. But there are so called "soft security" threats that if not dealt with lead to the strengthening of organized crime groups that wreak havoc on a society's security and economy. Three of the threats that challenge states today are the smuggling of drugs, arms trafficking, and illegal alien smuggling. In the United States, the porous border with Mexico has only made these threats more imminent. It is in the United States national security interest to implement an integrated solution to combat these security issues.

The drug trade continues to be a major problem for states across the globe. The war among the drug cartels and the government in Mexico is having a serious impact on security there. Some of the violence has even spilled onto the U.S border. As Mexico has begun to fight back throwing that country into chaos, the drug mafias have pushed down into Central America (Economist Aug. 14 2011). Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador are now amongst the most violent places on earth, even more dangerous than most war zones (Economist Aug. 14. 2011). The drug trade fuels this violence and can cause a state to fail. The numbers are grim. The rate of killing in Guatemala and El Salvador is higher than that of their bloody civil wars (Economist April 14, 2011). According to Guatemala's government about 40 percent of murders are linked to the drug business (Economist April 14, 2011) and in Mexico the drug war has claimed more than 40,000 lives (Wyler 2011).

A recent report from the Global Commission on Drugs claims that the US led war on drugs is a...

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...s the border illegally, the drop can also be attributed to the economic recession.

Since the attacks on September 11th, the United States has done a formidable job in preventing another attack. Still, there is much violence that is engulfing its southern neighbors. The United States must allocate resources to help Mexico fight the war against the cartels. Mexico must be cooperative and not be too sensitive about its sovereignty when working with The United States. It is the U.S. that must take the lead in combating these threats for it is the only country in the region with the overwhelming manpower and resources to deal with them. The last thing the U.S. wants to see is chaos and violence across its southern border. Working together with its neighbors the U.S. can ensure a much safer North and Central American region.

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