It will take more than naming the villain
The Chicago Crime Commission has named Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman as that city's Public Enemy No. 1.
Guzman is Chicago's leading supplier of illegal drugs, which, in turn, are linked to the city's soaring homicide rate.
The commission apparently hopes its proclamation will motivate someone to stop Guzman. If ever there were a feel-good gesture that served no practical purpose, it would be this.
Guzman got to be a kingpin because Americans have a powerful craving for drugs he can supply. Kill or capture him and someone else will take his place, because our habit is far too lucrative to ignore.
There are no easy answers to our drug problem, but whatever the solution is, it has to involve more than calling Guzman Public Enemy No. 1.
That fact is, we are our own worst enemy.