Just eight months after adding both Syria and Lebanon to the U.S. government's
annual list of "major drug trafficking" nations, President Clinton
has removed them both and placed them on the list of nations "to watch."
Interestingly, the move comes in the midst of two impending crises in the
region, namely Iraq's intransigence in allowing U.N. inspectors to tour
its weapons sites and the faltering Israeli-Palestinian peace process,
for which the Clinton Administration is actively courting wide Arab support.
Iowa republican senator Charles Grassley denounced the removal of Syria,
saying, "From all accounts, Syria remains a major drug trafficker."
President Clinton defended the move on the basis of a new, joint eradication
program in which the two nations have agreed to destroy 8,400 acres of
DRCNet Executive Director David Borden notes that "based on decades
of evidence and a tall stack of government and private reports, we can
be pretty sure that the eradication program will yield no long-term reduction
in drug use and little if any short-term reduction." (See http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/GOVPUBS/gao/gaomen1.htm
for a sample of the evidence.) "Those 8,400 acres will be replaced
by new acreage in Syria or elsewhere before they've even finished."
[Source: Reuters, 11/10]
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Issue #19, 11/15/97
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