That's like saying the drug war down in Mexico which from time to time spills across the boarder is also "sounds a lot like two immature whingebags fighting their own little war." ... but only when viewed from a distance and without paying much attention
Where there is money to be made and a willingness to ignore the law... force will be used to protect it.
For most people, the only indication they have of the underground drug economy/war is when you see a story on the news about a shootout between rival gangs or some government agency announcing a drug bust and showing off the amount of drugs and cash they seized.
Physical borders being what they are to the internet, many an international group has long been attracted who attempt to find their own way to make quite a bit of money with it.
Again, be it police being successful in pushing drug producers/transporters/dealers/etc out of a given area, or widely used black lists successfully decreasing the effectiveness of ones profit making ventures... force is to be expected from those who see the law as something to be ignored.