Drug Warrior Rationale (And its Fundemental Flaws)
I believe this to be a perfect demonstration of the logical or intellectual reductionism at play in promoting "war on drugs".
Popular logic dictates that:
Cartels & gangs traffic drugs. Therefore 'cartels & gangs must = drugs'.
'Drugs' are armed, violent and must be fought.
US heroes (i.e. police & military) must fight war against 'drugs' and 'drug violence'.
What they fail to mention:
Cartels traffic drugs because they are too profitable.
Drugs are too profitable because they are illegal.
Imagine that bananas became illegal tomorrow:
Their value will skyrocket, overnight.
Immediately, violent cartels would then begin trafficking bananas for the enormous profits.
The US would reason that: violent cartels who traffick bananas = 'bananas'.
The US would then be battling an epidemic of 'bananas', 'banana violence' & 'banana crime'.
If the same cartels began leasing out child prostitutes, we would then have a 'banana related prostitution problem'.
Additionally, let's say one of these cartel members gets drunk one night and beats, rapes and kills his wife - Fox news would then have a bloody, brutal, 'banana related murder' to report.