By Paul Rexton Kan
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6 During World War II, the Japanese used opium trafficking to extend their influence in Asia. ”7 In fact, opium became one of the financial underpinnings of Japan’s occupation of China. 9 Even liberal democracies succumbed to the temptation of the drug trade as a way to finance covert operations. The worldwide ban on opium trafficking coincided with the development of more transparent and accountable democratic practices in Europe and the United States. Governments, like the French, that ignored the international ban on trading opium, turned to it to hide covert activities beyond the view of domestic constituencies.
Additionally, in combination with the balloon effect, the hydra-effect is at work in the cocaine trade as well. Although the United States has the largest market for cocaine, Europe’s demand for cocaine is rising. As a result, the trafficking routes have expanded to countries in West Africa, including Cape Verde, Ghana, Togo, Nigeria, and Liberia, that have shaky DRUGGING THE BATTLEFIELD 33 governance structures. They are being used as transshipment points, for there is a ready reservoir of people willing to earn money from the drug trade.
Using drugs to finance military operations has given groups greater autonomy and has weakened the ability of outside powers to influence warring groups. While organized criminal syndicates still provide middlemen, they are increasingly sharing their status with combatants themselves. This ability to “self-finance” armed conflict via drug profits reflects the advantages that globalization gives to contemporary armed groups and points to an increasingly complex international security environment.
Drugs and Contemporary Warfare by Paul Rexton Kan