So it seems to me that the great USA has blinkers on, the government seem to like making criminals out of their own citizens and fill graves with citizens of other countries.
I have never understood Americas war on drugs because it seems as an outsider that it does nothing to keep the citizens safe and clean. Now that prescription drug deaths are higher then illicit drug deaths well if you do not count the deaths from alcohol and tobacco. The money spent in America to keep Marijuana, Cocaine & Heroin illegal is quiet frankly obscene over $100 billion per year and it’s been going on for 50 years and the price of harm reduction is a pittance at 3.2 billion worldwide. Now this is not talking about the costs in lives of people whom have been made criminals because a country has its blinkers on! people wasting their lives in jail sometimes often for their life.
Whilst accurate figures are hard to come by, global spending on drug law enforcement certainly exceeds $100 billion each year. Given current economic conditions it is more important than ever that spending is effective and not a waste of taxpayer money.
What is the fundamental reason for the rabid hatred of drugs by US law makers is it the belief in a bronze age work of fiction? Is because drugs are bad or is it as some conspiracy minded people suggest its because the government is making too much money keeping it illegal?
I believe that the war on drugs is a purely religiously driven law and when I say it’s religious I mean that the people in power believe in the bible. So these law makers will let their own people suffer and die because of their beliefs, they cannot see the damage they are doing in their own country let alone the damage that this prohibition is doing to countries that are their neighbors and allies. Mexico and Afghanistan are being torn apart because of these dangerous laws and rules.
Since Mexican President Felipe Calderon took office in September 2006, there have been well over an estimated 13,600 drug-related killings in the country. The killings are tied to Mexican drug cartels, which supply vast amounts of marijuana, methamphetamines, and cocaine primarily to U.S. markets. The deaths are only becoming more prevalent. The New York Times reports that “in 2008, there were more than 6,200 drug-related murders, more than double the figure from the year before….” There has been significant spillover into the U.S. as well, including the kidnapping of more than 60 Americans in the border town of Nuevo Laredo within the last few years. The current wave of violence (the most deadly in Mexico’s history) began with the election of Mr. Calderon in September 2006. Upon taking office, Calderon reversed the Mexican government’s passive approach to the illicit drug trade. The President incited the conflict when he sent 6,500 Federal troops to the state of Michoacan to address drug violence there on December 11, 2006. Since then, he has increased the scale and intensity of his War on Drugs to involve 45,000 Federal troops, as well as Federal and state police departments. While violence is escalating and some are calling Mexico a failed state, the Mexican effort has certainly disrupted the drug trade. Officials point to evidence of criminal organizations diversifying as drug revenues begin to dry up and to the rising price of cocaine. As early as the second quarter of 2007, the White House reported cocaine shortages in 37 U.S. cities and a 24% increase in the drug’s retail price. Yet, such disruption of the trade has revealed a new issue: the dependence on the drug trade by many parts of the Mexican economy. In considering how to fight illicit drugs in Mexico, it is crucial to consider how a blow to drugs may damage other sectors and industries.
And in Afghanistan we have children paying the price for America’s war on drugs.
Shakila was just 8 years old when a group of men abducted her and her cousin from their beds as they slept in Naray district in Afghanistan’s Kunar province. She was held as a slave for a year — a punishment inflicted on her because an uncle had run away with the wife of a strongman associated with her abductors — before she managed to escape. The reaction of Shakila’s father, Alissa Rubin writes, “illustrates the difficulty in trying to change such a deeply rooted cultural practice: he expressed fury that she was abducted because, he said, he had already promised her in marriage to someone else.” Rubin tells Shakila’s harrowing story in today’s edition of The New York Times, exploring how young girls are taken and held like slaves to settle disputes in a practice known as baad in Afghanistan. “Baad is most common in areas where it is dangerous for people to seek out government institutions,” she writes. “Instead of turning to the courts, they go to jirgas, assemblies of tribal elders, that use tribal law, which allows the exchange of women.” In our January report Opium Brides, Afghan reporter Najibullah Quraishi went deep inside the Afghan countryside to meet and film young girls given up in baad transactions when their families failed to pay debts to drug smugglers after their opium crops were eradicated by the government. In an excerpt from the film embedded above, Quraishi reveals how drug traffickers exploit the ancient cultural practice, and documents its devastating impact on families. Though exacerbated by opium eradication policies, baad is a deeply-rooted historical practice, and as we explore, efforts to address the problem are constrained by many factors.
The codes of an ancient culture are harsh but they are not being helped by this dangerous war on drugs!
I will admit that illicit drugs are NOT good, they are dangerous and can lead to a shortened life. But if they are properly managed like many countries do with harm reduction or decriminalization these poor unfortunate people who become addicted to these drugs can continue to live a somewhat normal lives. But blanket prohibition does nothing.
Ok so maybe these laws are not based on the religious beliefs of the rulers, if that is the case what could cause these people to continue on with these stupid and dangerous rules?
Now could these laws be in force because of drugs being dangerous? Yes of course drugs are dangerous but burying your head in the sand and making criminals out of people and corpses out of others is not working and 50years should be enough time to see that!
Now for the conspiracy minded there does seem to be a lot of money to be made from locking up people with prisons now being privately owned, more prisoners equal more money!
So if you can explain the reasons why the USA are still enforcing these dangerous laws please comment and let me know?