Chapo's (Second) Escape Highlights Drug War Farce

Ted Lewis
Monday, July 13, 2015

Chapo Guzman was no ordinary prisoner. He is the world's richest drug trader. He spent 13 years after his last prison escape in 2001, using cunning and ruthless violence to build a criminal empire so vast that he made the Forbes list of the world's richest people. His capture in 2014 was a high point for Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. His escape is a tremendous blow to the president and it calls into question the whole rotten edifice of the drug war.

The drug war is a disaster with no end in sight. Its unjustifiable costs are measured in hundreds of thousands of dead, millions jailed, and a trillion US dollars foolishly misspent militarizing our societies in recent decades.

And it doesn't end there. The hyper profits from producing, smuggling, and selling prohibited drugs fuel the growth of criminal organizations that sow mayhem and terror in communities they dominate in the Western Hemisphere and all around the world.