The Touch Paper is of our Own Making.
With the cash crisis created by the non-payment of 70,000 Palastinian civil servants (it has only just been resolved.) the trade in easily concealable fungable commodities in exchange for essential supplies is tempting enough, but the 'drugs' linkage to the Hamas/Hizballah arms trade is endemic in [but not retricted to] the geography of the Middle East. The influence is much much larger.
"One of the most prominent regions where the drug-terror nexus is at its strongest is the tri-border area in Latin America, where the borders of Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay join. Both Hamas and Hizballah are active in this region, where it is possible to make a profit of $1 million from the sale of fourteen or fifteen kilos of drugs, an amount that could be transported in a single suitcase."Also see Syria after Lebanon: Hooked on Lebanon
(see Drug Trafficking and Middle Eastern Terrorist Groups: A Growing Nexus? Washington Institute)
When one talks about International Drug Policy and Global Human Rights one needs to have a very large brief and a great deal of courage. No one wants to touch this litmus paper, least of the USA or the UN.