Peter Andreas

We Will Miss El Chapo: He Was Easy to Blame for Our Drug War Failures

El Chapo gave the international drug trade a high-profile recognizable face – and we will miss him now that he is gone. It is always convenient – whether for politicians, bureaucrats, journalists, scriptwriters or the larger public – for a problem to have a familiar face to hate and target. Al Capone was the face of Prohibition-era organized crime, Pablo Escobar the face of Colombia’s cocaine wars and Osama Bin Laden the face of transnational terrorism.

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