And of course it is the . demand for drugs that fuels Mexican drug smuggling in the first place. Take, for example, the current heroin epidemic in the United States. It originated in the over–prescription of medical opiates to treat pain. The subsequent efforts to reduce the over–prescription of painkillers led those Americans who became dependent on them to resort to illegal heroin. That in turn stimulated a vast expansion of poppy cultivation in Mexico, particularly in Guerrero. In 2015, Mexico’s opium poppy cultivation reached perhaps 28,000 hectares, enough to distill about 70 tons of heroin (which is even more than the 24–50 tons estimated to be necessary to meet the . demand).
A review last Sunday about Nir Baram’s “A Land Without Borders: My Journey Around East Jerusalem and the West Bank” misstated the views that Dani Dayan, Israel’s consul general in New York, expressed to the author regarding the future of Palestinians on the West Bank. He tentatively raised the possibility of a kind of joint Israeli and Jordanian governance there; he did not suggest he “wants the Palestinians to move to Jordan” — in fact, Dayan is quoted in the book specifying that in his vision, “no one is deported from his home.”