Leadership in the Drug Trade and Terrorism Persuasive Essay by Nicky

A persuasive paper on America's flawed policies of violence in the War on Terror and the War on Drugs.
# 151155 | 4,554 words | 15 sources | APA | 2012 | US

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The paper examines the research to demonstrate how American policy on terror has stimulated its own security threats, with its approach of violence only instigating greater violence. The paper argues that the War on Drugs has allowed the drug trade to evolve in its boldness, sophistication and effectiveness of its smuggling operations. The paper also explores the connection between terrorism and the War on Drugs and its ramifications for American policy.

From the Paper:

"The War on Terror, now waning due to a change in American leadership, is nonetheless a daily reminder of the security impracticalities in employing violence to prevent the spread of violence. Now in the sixth year of a struggle with an Iraqi population that continues to resist, America has been at the front of an international war that seems to have no practical ending in sight. American military casualties have reached a mark not seen since the War on Vietnam. This was a war that in its attempt to forcibly deliver democracy to a population through armed invasion, lasted for more than a decade and ultimately failed in its goal. Here, there is evidence that American security will suffer considerably in the face of such policies. In considering the security concerns specific to the borders of the United States, there is evidence that that misguided terror policy is similarly due for change in the way that the War on Drugs is due for a shift in policy.
"In a general sense, the War on Drugs has been seen as one of America's more historically flawed policy initiatives. In its 40 years of bitter engagement both within U.S. borders and in such fronts as Colombia and Mexico, the war has moved aimlessly through various philosophies of leadership and a hazy set of end goals while falling well short of such overarching intentions as the disruption of cross-border drug trade, the disempowerment of the cartels and the prevention of the spread of addiction in the U.S."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Brophy-Baermann, B. & Conybeare, J.A.C. (1994). Retaliating against Terrorism: Rational Expectations and the Optimality of Rules Versus Discretion. American Journal of Political Science 38 (1). 196-210.
  • Carpenter, T.G. (2005). Drug Prohibition is a Terrorist's Best Friend. CATO Institute. Online at http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=2935
  • Damton, K. & Bourg, A. (2009). Mexico: The War Next Door. 60 Minutes. Online at http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/02/26/60minutes/main4831806.shtml
  • Dresser, D. (2009). Mexico's war on civil rights. Los Angeles Times. Online at http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-dresser7-2009aug07,0,5621357.story
  • Furman, B. (2008). Border Drug Wars, Bombs & Terrorism. Black Hawk Press Counterterrorism Blog. Online at http://www.blackhawkpress.com/blog/2008/11/border-drug-wars-ieds-terrorism.html

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APA Format

Leadership in the Drug Trade and Terrorism (2012, May 24) Retrieved March 05, 2024, from https://www.academon.com/persuasive-essay/leadership-in-the-drug-trade-and-terrorism-151155/

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