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Submitted by David Borden on (Issue #496)

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Anonymous (not verified)

War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing, say it again! I feel like I'm writing a song --- oh, somebody else already did that. It is the truth. Wars are made for fight fear or to dominate a populace that is already subservient. Especially when that war is fought selectively. The US government has built a huge bureaucracy, funded with trillions of our tax dollars, that is serving no one. It is a war of terror. In the prewar propaganda they have spread falsehoods in order to get the drug ignorant to fear the drugs. And in the way the war is being conducted --- Federal agents breaking into home, sometimes the wrong homes, with guns blazing. This is a travesty of unspeakable proportions. This war is self propagating and it funds the opposition by its mere existence.

The drug war is fought discriminatorily. The rich are able to use drugs at their whim, while the less fortunate are marked as targets. Just look at the statistics of those incarcerated. The system chooses not to target the wealthy because of the legal battles that will ensue --- the rich can hire the best and brightest attorneys, while the less fortunate receive less than “state of the art” legal counsel.

This is not to say that drugs are good, because drugs are neither good nor bad. It is the manner that they are used that is the heart of the matter. The biggest killer drug in the world is legal --- alcohol use (or rather misuse) is far and away the world’s biggest drug problem. We tried to fight this same war the same way with “prohibition”. The problem has not gone away, but the “solution” (that was worse than the problem) has.

The solution to our drug problems is to quit fighting the war the same way that has increased the resistance, violence, and discrimination. This is a war that could be fought with less money and more success. The solution is education. Those that want to use the drugs in spite of that education should be allowed to use them. They need further education along with their experience. Education not guns! Education not laws! Education not incarceration! We partially learned this lesson in the early 20th century. One would think that we had learned a lesson, but sadly, no. The time is long past to call a truce in the war on drugs and heal the wounds that it has caused.

Fri, 08/03/2007 - 3:58pm Permalink
Anonymous (not verified)

Thank you for providing something other than the typical propaganda that the media spews. It takes people like you to get the message out about the fraud and crime against humanity that is the war on drugs. What people choose to put in their bodies is an individual right and the policies of drug prohibition have utterly failed to address the consequences that society faces regarding drug use. I read often and will continue to do so in the future. I might give you money but not over the interet. I never do anything over the internet with credit cards.

P.S.-Good job!

Sun, 08/05/2007 - 9:12pm Permalink
Anonymous (not verified)

I was very glad to find this web site, and agree with most of the articles I find when it comes to the wars on drugs and the corruption with in our government on all levels from the very top to the local level, this country needs reform and the elected officials are in majority are not doing their jobs at all, for the people but for themselves. However this site will help those who are losing faith in the government if it helps create a change.

Tue, 08/07/2007 - 2:53pm Permalink

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