chapter  9
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Cocaine

The cultivation, processing, transport, and distribution of narcotics is probably the greatest single

generator of political violence and crime in the world. Its profits are used to finance and arm rural

guerrillas, urban terrorists, and criminal gangs and to facilitate the trade by intimidation and

corruption and by keeping the army and police away. In certain countries it is now a far more potent

motivator of terrorism than Marxist ideology or religious fundamentalism. In some of these it

dominates the national economy and governments govern by its leave. And almost all of this is

ultimately financed by the money extracted from drug addicts on the streets of the western world, so

this is where the problem must be tackled.