Paul Jacob

Wage war on everything? Expect casualties everywhere. And refugees from all over the place.

Continue the wars we admit to be un-winnable and never-ending? Then expect, also, to find new victims cropping up all the time, and in unpredictable corners.

New enemies, too.

The lesson is: choose your wars carefully.

The result of not doing that? The current border crisis: Refugees from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Under-age refugees. Children. Unaccompanied minors from the most recent high impact area of America’s insane “War on Drugs.”

Can this really be relevant? Yes.

For most of us in America, the War on Drugs may seem like yet another over-hyped social crusade. But for the lower-income folks upon whom the bulk of its weight falls, it is anything but dismissible.

It has real casualties. Lost lives. Lost homes. Lost hope.

The spectacular failure of the War on Drugs is well known — though few grasp its gasp-inducing extent. The war’s goal may once have been preventing drug use, but that cannot be done by making prices lower, as has actually happened in many controlled substances. Human ingenuity being what it is, and the porous border with Mexico being what it is, foreign- produced illegal drugs continue to hit the black markets in our states. The War on Drugs has not only not stopped the flow of drugs, it has increased

  • the potency of drugs here at home,
  • the accessibility to those drugs,
  • the violence required to develop and market the drugs (especially south of our border), and thus
  • the political and legal instability not only of Mexico but countries even further south.

Hence the high murder rates in Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador. And hence the urgency and desperation of parents who yearn to send their children northwards. To “freedom” — or at least a slightly better chance at a life.

When Salon wrote on this angle — seeing these children as refugees from the highest murder area in the world, and that murder rate a result of a never-ending turf war amongst drug lords — the lefty site gloried with a Tweet: “A history lesson that you’ll never see on Fox News: How the U.S. created Central America’s crisis”. . . .

It wasn’t much of a history — it was more a rambling tendentious mess — but what made sense was the part the author thought too obvious “to waste more than a couple of sentences on” — the drug war element.

That is, the part that was covered on Fox Business, courtesy of “The Independents.”

Paul Jacob

Paul Jacob is President of Citizens in Charge Foundation and Citizens in Charge. His daily Common Sense commentary appears on the Web and via e-mail.