Critics and opponents of the war against drugs contend that anti-drug efforts have done little to nothing to reverse production, selling or addiction. They have argued that this means the effort has failed and that it is therefore one not worth fighting. But we know that giving up is not an option.
Extremists often achieve success because they are utterly undeterred from the perceived rightness of their mission and their course. The ends justify the means, even where it means excising their own.