of Central America is not known. However,Honduras is the world's most violent country with85 to 91 killings per 100,000 people. With apopulation of eight million, Honduras also has 80percent of the cocaine destined for the U.S. passingthrough its territory. Too, Honduras is perceived to be a relative safe haven from prosecution and thereach of U.S. prosecutors.
Facing the facts about “policing” is indeed sobering.
Police in Honduras, Mexico and ot
her nation’s were
never created or designed to face such military-stylearmaments and tactical strategies as those used by many of the insurgents. In addition, the criminalsare now engaged in much more than drugtrafficking. The so-called war on drugs is now primarily a war against violent organized crime, andkidnapping and extortion for ransom, robbery,murder for hire, human and sex trafficking, oilthefts, and related violent crimes by the perpetratorscontinue to escalate.
Transnational crime requires a transnational
enforcement response. Hondurans can’t sit and wait
for the government to purge corruption from itsranks. They need to enforce the rule of law aggressively. Will the military also be theiralternative at this point?
The corruptive power of these insurgents must be
disrupted. It won’t happen with “gang truces.” There
is no wealth for the criminals with a truce
they would have to find other jobs or trades for muchlower compensation, as well as lose power status.ou must break their economic power and enablingnetworks.
The answers for success require international and
multilateral support to all of the nations in harm’s
way. This is not a time to continue to bury heads inthe sand.
Jerry Brewer is C.E.O. of Criminal JusticeInternational Associates, a global threat mitigationfirm headquartered in northern Virginia. His