Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Fighting terror blindfolded

"In the war on drugs, enormous effort has been devoted to taking out individual 'king-pins' and as each new major figure is taken out, the combat against narcotics is said to be at a tipping point. In fact … there are now 300 so-called king pins. And in another parallel with al-Qaida … following the killing of Pablo Escobar and the dismantling of his organisation in the early 90s, all that has happened is that drug trafficking groups have become more amorphous, more dispersed, flatter in terms of organisation but no less effective, as the constant level of cocaine prices and quality in the USA attests." —Jason Burke

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