Wednesday, November 02, 2005


This is an article from the AP:

NATO countries want to better tackle the biggest threat in Afghanistan — rampant drug trafficking and an economy dependent on opium farming — but many lack the money to do it, the organization's supreme allied commander in Europe said Thursday.
You can read the entire article here.

Here’s an item by [Andrew Stuttaford] in NRO

Wise words from Radley Balko on the subject of meth:

“Of course, if it weren't for the Drug War, we wouldn't have to deal with meth in the first place. It's a crude, homegrown substitute for the less potent, less volatile narcotics the government has made illegal. The similarities between meth and the vile, sometimes lethal bathtub gin people brewed during Prohibition are uncanny."

He’s right, of course, as he is to continue to highlight George W. Bush’s repellent war on pain relief.

Compassionate? Nope. Conservative? Nope.
Norm Stamper, the former chief of the Seattle Police Department, is the author of "Breaking Rank: A Top Cop's Exposé of the Dark Side of American Policing" (Nation Books, 2005). He has written a short article on the drug problem and policing same. Please, please, take a few minutes and read the article. I don’t agree with everything he writes, but so what? The important thing is to start a dialogue, which is something we do not have right now.

Read the full article *here.*

This is my take:

You know why The United States has interfered for years and continues to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries?

It is because The United States cannot control the drug problem within its own borders.

The Americans have failed at home so they go out and screw up other countries. Columbia has been in a state of civil war for years because of American ineptness at home. How many Columbians have died because of American failure/

The “War on Drugs” has been going on for more than 40 years. Are we close to winning? Not likely.

Has the situation improved since it began? Not likely.

If it goes on another 40 years, will we win? No.

Is there an end in sight? No.

Are we making headway? No.

Do we have anything to show for the 69 billion (that’s billion with a ‘b’) it is costing the country yearly?

Yeah. There is something. There are nearly three times as many Americans in prisons as there was when this effort started. Most of them for non-violent drug connected offences.

What a waste of assets.

What a waste of humanity.

Think about it, who has the greatest interest in continuing this so-called “War on Drugs?”

The drug pushers, that’s who. The criminals get the most out of the war on drugs. It is a bonanza for them. It keeps prices high and supply controlled by them. They are the bootleggers of today. And the war on drugs in the prohibition of today. And it is all just as futile as prohibition.

Some form of legalization should be explored.

It will happen sooner or later but sooner is better. It is inevitable. We must recognize it.

Some notes:

On the downside, legalization will cause a spike in the crime rate, and drug use, and drug related deaths.

Rationing would be a bad idea. That defeats the purpose.

Let it just be sold over the counter in drug stores.

What is the upside?

Hundreds of thousands of non-violent drug offenders can be released from prison.

(Hopefully, they will not all be released on the same day.)

The billions that will be saved will not show up immediately. There will be immense expenses related to the relocation of people and assets.

The problem of so many people (mostly men) dumped on the economy will be great, but short time problems will be long time benefits.

We should not grow our own domestic product immediately or perhaps ever. The existing primary sources, who are mostly poor farmers, must be considered.

The religious right is nearly as much against legalizing drugs as the drug pushers. The combination of preachers and criminals, all with enormous sources of money, will be difficult to stand up against.



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