Jesse Walker pens a much more thorough criticism of the U.S. war on Latin America. On the Bolivian uprising:
[I]t was a short jump from trampling the liberties of the coca growers to trampling other people’s freedoms as well, with Amnesty International condemning the use of “excessive force” against demonstrators over the last month. Like, say, shooting them. On October 12, troops fired on protesters in the city of El Alto, leaving at least five dead. In this way, the war on drugs has undermined not just peasant property rights but the rule of law.