Thursday, February 26, 2009

AMERICAN DRUG WAR: The Last White Hope

The War on Drugs has become the longest and most costly war in American history, the question has become, how much more can the country endure? Is this a war of convenience? Convenience being a well intentioned design for profit rather than seeking to truly eradicate the international drug trade?

There were about 6000 violent drug related deaths in Mexico last year by people who sought to control the drug market. Why so many? Why the desperate attempt to control said drug trade? Could it be that it would be quite profitable on the Mexican side of the border? And if it's that profitable for Mexican nationals, what does it say about the people who benefit from the trade in this country. Just something to think about since everybody is so concerned about where there tax dollar goes.

I mean, while there has been debate about closing our southern border, overlooked is the fact that Heroin has made a comeback in this country. Well, I could be wrong, but isn't it ironic that it has all the while we've been fighting a war in Afghanistan? Especially since Afghanistan is a major supplier on the world market?

What I do find funny is how you never hear about the crack epidemic. Sure I know its explosion on the scene in the 80's was devastating, and was largely termed an epidemic. There was much marketing of it being as such enough so to create new sentencing laws. I don't know if it worked because I still see crackheads around the way everyday. So now the new thing - well not really new - is methamphetamine; a drug which has been around for decades. Its primarily consumers are non-minorities, but it has become the new scourge of society. Well, if it's so bad, and its effect is felt mainly in the non-minority collective, how come its not termed an epidemic?

5 comments:

President Anthony Taurus said...

i think i wrote a blog about this. but afghanistan had stopped being the world's greatest exporter of heroin when the taliban took over. since this war by Bush, afghanistan is now producing 90% of the world's heroin and they're using it as sort of a talking point to say how bad things have gotten there although the Bush administration is directly responsible for afghanistan being a major producer.

blackberry said...

Excellent post.

daMonstah said...

It's funny how our efforts surrounding drugs...always seem so misguided. We spend billions trying to keep marijuana out of the U.S. and it honestly...cannot be done. The demand is far too high and the mere value placed on almost any illegal commodity will always fuel the drug wars occurring south of the border. We should as a country seriously consider legalizing marijuana and regulating it's use(for instance since it is a mind-altering drug it shouldn't be legal for minors) and taxing it's consumption. Hell...people will buy it. It's the same as alcohol in the prohibition...by making it illegal...we have created a black market for it. Look what's happening in Mexico. Is that what we really want?

Torrance Stephens - All-Mi-T said...

yea maan, need to throw credit in that ring too. have a great weekend

(fŭng'kē) [blak] [chik] said...

great video!

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