The next conflict by Lucio Falcone Choosing the enemy As can happen to any organism defense from a white blood cell to an armored division, not always one is lucky and privileged to elect their enemies. Many times, simply have to deal with what appears and stands before us and challenges us. This seems to be the case of drug trafficking and Argentina. Simply, there has been, claiming our honor, our property and the lives of our children. We have no choice but to introduce fight. Or surrender. As just raised masterfully Argentine Episcopate document: “Argentina is running the risk of moving to a situation difficult return.” The issue is what would be the most efficient and effective way to confront and eventually defeat him. Let’s see. A brief picture of the situation In short: the drug is installed in Argentina. There are no reliable official statistics. But, there is to be an expert to perceive it. Just a good zapping for our newscasts. Or read the excellent paper to which we referred at the beginning. What does this installation? Beginning on the one hand, a growing mass of consumers; following, for a distribution network, and finally the hard-core drug traffickers external ramifications. Mass consumer can, in turn, subdivided into two groups. The high-end dedicated to drug quality as cocaine and designer drugs and low condemned the use of poor quality drugs as “paco”. Many who make up this mass of consumers, especially low-end up, by necessity, the distribution network to meet the costs of their habit. Meanwhile, drug trafficking is a mafia organization system necessarily needs and includes the complicity of political, bureaucratic and police intended to prevent and combat it. Obviously, it has an international connection, both productive and financial and operational allows an octopus attacking from several directions. Its great advantage is the initiative of all free enterprise, the vast amount of financial resources and ability to manage adaptation. Its weaknesses are obvious only when facing a determined enemy. The three factors In all human conflict as drug trafficking posed three factors overlap. The moral, psychological and physical. The moral is by far the most important because it talks about the reasons for the conflict, the physicist who is the mere exercise of force and psychological, in the middle, which are the feelings that this exercise produces. A common mistake is to focus the conflict into one of these factors. Generally, the more evident, which is physical. The moral level relates to the legitimacy of the struggle. It’s about the whys. As such it is itself driving the political level. And is embodied in the political will to fight. For its part, the psychological or mental, has to do with the feelings associated with the conflict. Like love, hate or fear. Finally, the physicist deals with the tangible realities of the conflict. It is the struggle. Speaking of fighting, operational and procedures. In summary, the above factors we can easily identify. The moral is embodied by the political authority, the mental disposition of the population and physical forces waging the fight against the scourge of drug trafficking. Based on the above, to win in a conflict, depending on the factors listed, it is necessary to have moral superiority, winning the psychological support of the population and operate effectively in the physical plane against the aggressor. The State, the great absent If the drug is configured as a network of non-state actors that targets a specific population. The logic state is its dialectical counterpart. Well, is this state, both the wall that the drug must be drilled to access their consumers, as the only organization that can stop him. From the perspective, historical and political, that must be the one to exercise a monopoly of violence. It is only by obtaining the complicity of those who make up the branches of government that the drug can advance and prosper. It’s achieved by buying the necessary wills, and reached the end by physically removing them. In this sense, the drug does not seek to replace the state, just neutralize it. Preferably, for the purchase soft techniques of wills. To facilitate neutralization state, the drug also waging a campaign of psychological warfare in the mental and moral. This uses gurus, thinkers and journalists argue, indirectly, views favorable to their interests. For example, they argue that a necessary law of demolition work as a death sentence. When this is not true, as this procedure involves several instances prior to demolition. It is enough that the State is organized to evaluate the drug to leave that territory and direct their operations to more favorable or opt for free physical front conflict. The moral factor The abuses of authority committed by the military process in the early 70s brought in contrast and as symmetrical error, now living discredit any legitimate authority in Argentina. All a topic that we have discussed in other articles. Just a rector, to name just a simple case, impose reprimands a student for serious disciplinary fact, for this to be accused of fascist and compared with a genocidal. We have confused authority with authoritarianism. If we start winning the drug war we must, first and foremost, restore the true meaning it has all legitimate authority. From the parents who practice, through, of parental authority; until exercised by the state through the observance of the rule of law. Parents, teachers, the state should install and support the idea that they are right and moral reasons enough to wage this battle against drugs and all its concomitant manifestations. In parallel, you will require all the necessary authority exemplary. The words convincing, examples draw. In this sense, every corrupt official must be detected and judged accordingly removed. The psychological factor Once conquered this area of moral superiority. Will need persuading, ie contribute to the education of the population. Since all real authority is inherently educational function. Which shall exercise in full. In an environment of freedom, but, at the same time, respect. It is not to impose a single model of society, but to establish civilized standards. Based on mutual respect and the rule of law. No one can claim for itself illegal conduct. Like, for example, take a college, assaulting an authority or justify the commission of a crime to raise legitimate protest. These actions which contribute to creating conditions conducive to combat the “ethics” of drug trafficking. Based on “with my life I do what I want.” A teenager, or a child that is contained by natural authorities (parents, teachers) will always be much more protected than one that is not to resist the temptations of consumption offers the merchandizing business of drug trafficking. With these actions begin to regain the loyalty of our fellow citizens disenchanted with its employees. Allowing us to isolate the drug of the population in which it lives, thrives and infects. Will these same people, who, realizing the seriousness of our intentions to help us fight it. At this level, too, we must include the necessary actions to repair the caused action on individuals by the drug. This is not a fight against the drug. They are victims who must be attended at the appropriate recovery. Those that do not exist today. So you will have to create and manage them. Among other things, to break the cycle of consumer-dealer. The physical factor Finally, we have the physical factor. As we said is the least important. But, one that must be exercised efficiently. The first rule is useless division in our law between defense (external threat) and security (internal risk). When a state is attacked by a powerful enemy like the drug, that has external links, you can not only be faced with the police. The ones at the moment, incidentally, co-opted and overtaken by drug trafficking. It is necessary to use all available resources of the State. The opposite would be suicidal. The armed forces between them. Not in its traditional role, but trained, equipped and organized for this fight. If the cops for their specialized training should be the first line of battle, the military must be supported by the former. Not only with its technical (radar, aircraft, etc..) But operationally helping regain space lost by the state against narco organizations. As do other countries (Brazil, Colombia) and we do in our peacekeeping missions (Haiti) our police and soldiers must learn to work together and exert varying levels of use of force. This requires having adequate legislation (defense law, rules of engagement, etc..), Establish a coordinated system of barriers (border control, banking and financial controls, control of precursor substances, etc..) And create agencies ad hoc to combat drug trafficking, namely a kind of FBI to be responsible for the legal prosecution of the traffickers and DEA coordinate a physical action against them. Conclusions As only conclusion we raise the gauntlet thrown by the Argentine Bishops document harsh. There is no doubt that something can and should be addressed to the challenge posed by drug trafficking. No real authority, and the state it is, can support be challenged with impunity. We added to our harvest and in the same sense, that a few drops of blood spilled on time, can save many liters of it.
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Via “The Public Informer” from Argentina