In Daniel Estulin's book - "Shadow Masters" - he outlines a number of things that keep the world turning. Of course, the very title of his book refers to those deep in the shadows who seemingly control what happens in the world on many levels.
He specifically discusses the "rape of Russia" when the global elite stepped into create situations where they could easily plunder Russia of her natural resources as well as further enrich themselves by rigging it so that the ruble literally fell apart (during Yeltsin's term). The fact that it left millions of average Russians with nothing causing them to starve, drink themselves to death, or commit suicide did not matter to the global elite.
Estulin also discusses - in much detail - how the War in Kosovo was artificially created in order to oust Milosevic. Estulin is not an idiot. He includes so much documentation that no one would be able to sue him. It also goes a long way in providing him the credibility needed to discuss such touchy subjects. The same thing is happening now in North Africa and Syria. The global elite wants Assad out, so now the US is trying to show the world that the Free Syrian Army are the good guys. Once Assad is out, the global elite will go in and loot Syria before setting up a puppet government.
Beyond this, Estulin spends a good amount of time discussing the international drug trade. What we learn - if true - is disheartening to say the least. Reading this book should bring everyone to the point of realizing that for too long, the world has been run by a small cadre of men deep in the shadows who have used the CIA, MI6, KGB, and many other secret organizations for their own profit.
The interesting thing here is that the entire global drug trade earns roughly $700 billion annually. Yes, that's billion. In order to legitimize that dirty money, it has to be laundered. Estulin notes that the banks are in on it. The fact that for the same two to three months out of every year (just after the poppy season), billions of dollars are shoved through numerous banks throughout the world and especially through the Wall Street financial center in New York, bankers would have to be absolute morons to not recognize what was happening. They simply turn a blind eye to it. The question is why?
Estulin again goes into tremendous detail highlighting the fact that without this dirty money, the U.S. economy - as merely one example - would collapse. The money is there for the using and in fact, it is easier for corporations to receive a loan of say, $20 to 40 million from a drug cartel at 5% than have to go the legal route through banks, which entails tremendous paperwork which allows people to "follow the money" as it travels through one account to the next. All of a sudden because of the drug money, corporations can add $20, 40, 80 or more millions of dollars to their portfolio and no one questions where the money came from because on paper, everything appears legitimate.
There really is no "war on drugs." As Estulin points out, if our government (or any government) was serious about shutting down the illegal drug industry, all they would have to do is pass laws that began tracking the one basic ingredient necessary to create heroin: acetic anhydride. If the governments of the world cracked down on the import/export of this one chemical, the drug cartels of the world would be in very sorry shape. It makes one wonder why so much time and effort is spent on the "war on guns" here in America where politicians try at every turn to create more gun control. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2010, there were 11,078 U.S. homicides in which guns were used. There are 2.5 million alcohol-related deaths annually worldwide. Of those, 75,000 occur in the United States. These same politicians do virtually nothing with respect to alcohol-related deaths. They talk a big talk at times where drugs are concerned but in reality, that's all it is - talk. You would think by looking at numbers alone that deaths by alcohol and drugs would take greater precedence than gun-related deaths. Yet, our politicians prefer to go after guns because it makes them appear as though they really care when in point of fact, they don't care. They simply want to restrict guns because in a few generations, they will be able to remove them from society altogether.
Look at how the Trayvon Martin killing is being used to attempt to create more gun-control. Doesn't matter that he was into "lean" or smoked pot. What matters to politicians is that we need to get guns off the streets. That's all they care about because without guns, no one can shoot back when the government closes in. It happened with Hitler and other maniacal leaders, but apparently no one wants to learn from history.
"Tough-talking public campaigns cynically launched with all the bells and whistles during national elections by governments in Europe and the United States promising 'to take the fight to the drug lords' are pure nonsense. As noted, if governments, the European Parliament or the United States Congress for example, were serious about eradicating the vile drug trade, they would make laws requiring the meticulous tracking of acetic anhydride and other essential chemicals. Such unilateral and decisive action however, would greatly displease the empire builders." 
Besides the fact that legitimate corporations, Wall Street, and banks benefit greatly from the international drug trade, there is a side "benefit" as well. Because the global elite wants zero growth and also wants to get the global population down to a manageable 500 million from its current 7 billion (according to Estulin and many others), drugs provide an answer to that, albeit a smaller one. Each year, roughly 250,000 people die of drug-related deaths. Certainly, that's not a large number when compared with the entire population, but it "helps" bring the overall numbers down. The global elite thinks of this as an added benefit inherent within the drug trade.
The international drug trade is with us and will continue to be so. The world's economy depends upon it and because of unscrupulous bankers and corporations, dirty drug money has become an integral part of buoying the economy.
The so-called war on drugs is a joke, or as Estulin says, a sham. There is no real war at all. Like many things in Washington, DC, it's only made to look like that for people who are unable to think for themselves.
 Daniel Estulin, Shadow Masters, (2010), p. 124Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook, Google Plus, & Twitter. You can also get Freedom Outpost delivered to your Amazon Kindle device here.