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OfflineZahid
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The War on Drugs is a War on Infidels
    #1831799 - 08/20/03 01:28 AM (13 years, 3 months ago)

The Drug War Helps Terrorists
by Scott McPherson, July 2003



The U.S. government has become quite accustomed over the years to orchestrating world events to fit its own agenda. In our name, the government keeps American troops in more than half the countries of the globe, openly supports brutal regimes, and uses its intelligence agencies to manipulate the policies of foreign governments. But no matter how hard it tries, the play never seems to unfold as scripted.

Still, it is in the name of the ?war on drugs? that the United States truly excels in showing how poorly equipped it is to act as director of international affairs.

Since the 1970s, administration after administration has sought to enlist foreign nations in its jihad against arbitrarily prohibited, but nonetheless popular, recreational drugs. The results have often been quite similar to the U.S. experience, with widespread corruption of police, judges, and politicians; gang wars and drive-by shootings; and a general increase in drug use.

Yet America?s ?war on drugs? manages to escape the shame of one of its most horrific consequences: the destruction of thousands of lives in this and other countries. For the drug war has led to the enrichment and expansion of vicious terrorist groups around the world, even the one responsible for the horrible attacks of 9/11. Sadly, the government continues to ignore the warning signs and feeds the mouth that bites us all.

Heavily influential for more than 20 years, ?narco-terrorist? organizations are a conglomeration of leftist rebels, international terrorist rings, arms dealers, and the drug cartels themselves. In Beyond the War on Drugs: Overcoming a Failed Public Policy, author Steven Wisotsky pointed out more than a decade ago that ?the War on Drugs has seriously undermined the power and stability of the central governments [of Peru and Colombia], delivering effectual control of large regions ? to ? alliances of drug traffickers and guerrilla armies.? In short, to terrorists.

How is this possible? Thanks to the massive profits they derive from the illegal drug trade, ?narco-terrorists? are able to buy control of anything they need to sustain their business. In the ?large regions? where they rule, they serve as the de facto government, supplying schools, sports teams, and security to local peasants.

With the support of indigenous farmers, they grow coca and opium with impunity, raising incredible sums of money to finance their terrorist activities and, worse, create the conditions for international cooperation with other terrorist groups, a fact made clear by a recent anti-terrorism report that showed Hezbollah training camps in the ?tri-border region? of Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay.

The connection between drugs and terrorism is not exactly the world?s best-kept secret. In March 2002, in a statement before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Technology, Terrorism, and Government, Sen. Jon Kyl (R.-Ariz.) reported that ?opium production in Afghanistan [under the Taliban] accounted for 72 percent of production worldwide? and was used to ?shelter Osama bin Laden and other al-Qaeda terrorists.? He similarly indicated that bin Laden ?provided protection to heroin-processing labs, was a part owner in numerous labs, [and] part owner of one load shipped to the U.S.?

Even a casual knowledge of economics is enough to understand that, rather than hurting the drug trade, the drug war is its greatest boon. The popularity of drugs alone is sufficient to drive up price through intense demand. Any effect that interdicting or limiting the supply of a given drug may have will merely be to raise the price it brings on the market even further, meaning larger profits to those who deal in drugs. And in the Latin American and radical Islamic countries where the dealers are typically terrorists, that means more money for terrorism.

Even the Office of National Drug Control Policy inadvertently admitted the effect of its own policies by broadcasting national advertisements telling people who use drugs that they are supporting terrorism. If helping to put money in the pockets of drug dealers is akin to aiding terrorist causes, then by continuing to drive up the price of drugs the U.S. government is the biggest supporter of terrorism in the world.

The ?war on drugs? might possibly go down in history as the worst domestic policy blunder in American history. After more than 30 years of fighting, the cost in lives, infringements on our liberty, dollars, and the erosion of our social and moral fabric, and the impact on law-enforcement and political institutions may never be fully known. Adding insult to injury, in all the years that the government has been battling to make people stop using drugs, it has been helping to enrich those who wish to wage terrorist wars against innocent people everywhere.

Scott McPherson is a policy advisor at The Future of Freedom Foundation. Send him email.


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Re: The War on Drugs is a War on Infidels [Re: Zahid]
    #1831822 - 08/20/03 01:31 AM (13 years, 3 months ago)

if by "infidel" you mean "poor minorities"...


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Re: The War on Drugs is a War on Infidels [Re: Malachi]
    #1831849 - 08/20/03 01:37 AM (13 years, 3 months ago)

By infidel, I mean the enemy as defined by radical fundamentalist Muslims.


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Re: The War on Drugs is a War on Infidels [Re: Malachi]
    #1833467 - 08/20/03 02:45 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

unjacking in progress...


Edited by wingnutx (08/20/03 06:36 PM)


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Re: The War on Drugs is a War on Infidels [Re: wingnutx]
    #1833472 - 08/20/03 02:46 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

^ *snort* ^


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You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity. What one person receives without working for another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for that my dear friend is the beginning of the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it. ~ Adrian Rogers


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Re: The War on Drugs is a War on Infidels [Re: luvdemshrooms]
    #1833477 - 08/20/03 02:49 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

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Edited by wingnutx (08/20/03 06:36 PM)


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Re: The War on Drugs is a War on Infidels [Re: wingnutx]
    #1833493 - 08/20/03 02:54 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

No, never heard it but I'll look for it.

I was laughing at the other part of your post.





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You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity. What one person receives without working for another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for that my dear friend is the beginning of the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it. ~ Adrian Rogers


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Re: The War on Drugs is a War on Infidels [Re: Malachi]
    #1833564 - 08/20/03 03:17 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

...playing the race card again.


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Re: The War on Drugs is a War on Infidels [Re: FileSoup]
    #1833572 - 08/20/03 03:19 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

lds prolly won't like Sedaris. He's extremely gay. And sounds like an old black woman when he talks.

He's brilliant, tho.


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Re: The War on Drugs is a War on Infidels [Re: GernBlanston]
    #1833753 - 08/20/03 03:56 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

If I don't like him it won't be because he's gay or sounds like a black woman.

I have no problem with either group.

That's probably the most ignorant thing I've seen you post.


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You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity. What one person receives without working for another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for that my dear friend is the beginning of the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it. ~ Adrian Rogers


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Re: The War on Drugs is a War on Infidels [Re: luvdemshrooms]
    #1834171 - 08/20/03 05:41 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

hah! And you tell me to lighten up!
:P


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Re: The War on Drugs is a War on Infidels [Re: luvdemshrooms]
    #1834236 - 08/20/03 05:55 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

Quote:

luvdemshrooms said:
If I don't like him it won't be because he's gay or sounds like a black woman




what about brilliant?...guess that would have no bearing either...


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Re: The War on Drugs is a War on Infidels [Re: Azmodeus]
    #1834293 - 08/20/03 06:06 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

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Edited by wingnutx (08/20/03 06:36 PM)


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Re: The War on Drugs is a War on Infidels [Re: wingnutx]
    #1834297 - 08/20/03 06:06 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

And their taste would be wrong, in this instance.


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Re: The War on Drugs is a War on Infidels [Re: wingnutx]
    #1834309 - 08/20/03 06:09 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

Quote:

wingnutx said:
I agree that David Sedaris is a brilliant writer. If someone else does not, that is merely a matter of taste.




But as a matter of taste then, it would effect your opinion.


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Re: The War on Drugs is a War on Infidels [Re: Azmodeus]
    #1834323 - 08/20/03 06:12 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

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Edited by wingnutx (08/20/03 06:35 PM)


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Re: The War on Drugs is a War on Infidels [Re: Zahid]
    #1834372 - 08/20/03 06:34 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

excellent article. too bad your thread got jacked.


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Re: The War on Drugs is a War on Infidels [Re: wingnutx]
    #1834383 - 08/20/03 06:37 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

Quote:

There are otherwise reasonable people on this board that think Jerry Garcia is brilliant at something other than eating twinkies and shooting smack.





First all of all,Jerry Garcia isn't anything but dead. (not pun intended)
You don't play guitar do you? Garcia was basically a classically trained musician.Even if you didn't like his style,you would know that he was a very competant musician and was widely respected in the guitar playing world.


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