by Carlos Fazio
Uruguayan-Mexican journalist and writer
This phenomenon has allowed the consolidation of an emergent, rich and violent class that in alliance with the traditional native oligarchy has today shaped Colombia as a criminal, mafia-type state.
At the same time, on the demand side there has been no progress either. The U.S. drug market has 14 million consumers and is growing.
But this line of analysis would be weakened without considering the other underpinning of the White House's "war on drugs": its military component.