Photo: Central America at Risk of Losing Countries to Drug Traffickers
In its World Drug Report, U.N. officials warned that Central America is in danger of being taken over by leaders of the drug trade due in large part to “unequal distributions of income”.
The report, which was released Thursday, described Central America, specifically the “Northern Triangle” of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras as “racked by competition over drug trafficking routes to the United States and a legacy of warfare and inequality,” wrote the Washington Post.
The U.N.’s report stated that “the region suffers from having one of the most unequal distributions of income in the world, comparable only to southern Africa or the Andean countries.”
A list of national politicians, top cops, and military professionals arrested in the last two years for having ties to the drug traffickers was included with the report, showing that several have also been ordered released by judges.
Eric Farnsworth of the Council of Americas, stated, “There is almost a greater chance of being struck by lightening than facing justice for crimes committed in Guatemala.”
Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State, Hilary Rodham Clinton conveyed the need for the wealthy in Central America to do more, and for all the countries to assume their “shared responsibility” in fighting drug cartels/traffickers.
And last week, activist, poet, and father of a young man killed in the ongoing violence in Mexico, Javier Sicilia, met with President Felipe Calderon, and told him he should being apologizing to the victims of the drug war he initiated in 2006. Sicilia added that military troops should be returned to their barracks, stating, “The problem is that you, Mr. President, think the bad guys are outside and good guys are inside. The problem is that you went to war with rotten institutions.”
Calderon countered by saying that he does ask for forgiveness for those who are died, but that he does “not regret having ordered the army into the streets,” and simply wishes he would have done it sooner.