By Ian Birrell for Independent. There can be no doubt that the daft war on drugs is devastating many of the world’s poorest countries, from Africa to Latin America.
But this has been ignored by major charities that claim to campaign for international development, presumably for fear of upsetting their donors.
Now one has broken ranks, with the release of an important report from Christian Aid condemning what it calls “a blind spot in development thinking”.
The group rightly insists that the scale of the problem demands attention, with legal and illegal economies woven together so tightly in many nations after rapid expansion of operations by a rampant drug industry. Although stopping shy of demanding the obvious solution, which is to legalise and regulate all drugs worldwide, the authors say “the current cure is not working… and despite the hundreds of billions spent on eradication, the illicit drugs industry is bigger than ever”.