Though it is true that the downfall of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera would be a milestone achievement for the War on Drugs in the US, it also paradoxically has no significance whatsoever. That's because El Chapo was only one of the leaders of the Sinaloa cartel. Just one. There were others who led the organization. Cutting one head of the dragon wouldn't kill it completely when there are still other heads breathing.
So what does this whole trial mean going into the future? Well, it could give some important information regarding the cartel and its mechanisms, the structure, the backbone, the network. But then again, it would take much longer before the War on Drugs would come to an end. Still, this could be a critical step, small but it's one way going forward. Read more on Vanity Fair.
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