Oh, so the U.S. is the only country in the world with laws controlling or prohibiting the sale, distribution and possession of cocaine, Huh?
No, but I don’t think Mexico is terribly useful as a conduit for smuggling drugs into Europe. Or really, anywhere but the US.
In a word, yes. In this country, there was absolutely demand for cocaine before it became illegal. When it was prohibited, the demand did not vanish, so businessmen chose to fill the demand, becoming criminals*. Since the product was illegal, they had no legal recourse to settle disputes, and had to resort to violence. The same pattern can be seen during the prohibition of alcohol.
Let’s assume that the US prohibited cocaine out of a concern for public health, as is the claim, and let’s further assume that the government had the right to do so.
It has become clear that prohibition does not decrease demand substantially, but does decrease tax revenues, increase violence associated with the trade in cocaine, and increase the profits of violent criminal enterprises. Those criminal enterprises are so rich, in fact, that they are more powerful than most South and Central American governments.
So, even though the law is not effective at it’s stated purpose and creates dangerous instability in nations with which we claim to be allied, we as a country have yet to seriously examine repealing prohibition.
That is why the US is at least partially to blame. The fact that both of my initial assumptions are bogus just makes us more culpable.
*As I understand it, you want to blame the businessmen for stepping up to fulfill that demand illegally. We might as well blame the coca plants for producing cocaine precursors. As long as there is demand, there will be supply. I’m not arguing that the cartels are not responsible for their actions, but rather that the existence of the cartels was not only foreseeable, but preventable.
So, it’s the fault of the Mexican government for trying to stop the cartels? Most of the governments in that region are fighting our drug war at our behest, with our money and support.
If the Mexican government suddenly decided to legalize cocaine, what do you think the US would do? I can’t even imagine the massive shitstorm they would find themselves in, courtesy of us.