Saturday, May 21, 2005

THE WAR ON TERRORBECOMES WAR ON DRUGS

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Remember the War on Drugs? This gripped the nation for many years. The number of prisoners of war taken into custody into a huge prison complex that was built nearly entirely for this purpose has barely had any salutory effect on this war.
According to Professor Heicklen, 'The war on drugs, which is mostly on marijuana, has plunged us into the greatest crisis since the Civil War. It has destroyed or tarnished almost all of the Bill of Rights protections. In particular, the police seize property without due process of law, which has led to more theft than from all the criminal elements.

Our prison population is 10 times as large now as in 1972, when the War on Drugs was initiated. We now are the number one prison state in the world. With 4.6% of the world's population, we have 25% of the world's prisoners. Over 7% of adult males enter U. S. prisons and jails each year. Because of the overcrowding in prisons, our prisoners do not get adequate medical attention and also are abused and beaten. We have been chastised by both Amnesty International and the U. N. Committee Against Torture for our treatment of prisoners.

Family values are being destroyed by encouraging both parents and children to inform on each other and by taking new-born babies away from mothers who test positive for drugs. Sick people are tortured because they cannot obtain medical marijuana legally.

The soul of America has been lost because we now live under tyranny rather than freedom. The lighted marijuana weed is the torch of freedom because our liberties only can be restored by the defiant public display of this substance by huge numbers of Americans' (interview by Lisa Guliani).
. Indeed. This war has also been waged in other lands most famously, Columbia and Mexico. Far from being "won" it rages on today, quite violently and with even more ferocity, sometimes on the verge of pulling down the national governance. The USA spends many millions and has storm troopers in many countries, all to fight the never ending War on Drugs.

Then 9/11 happened. Just prior to 9/11, Afghanistan's Taliban won $21million dollars to eradicate poppy growing. They did a bang up job of this, rather brutally. When we decided to invade, all the war lords were overjoyed. Our government deliberately turned a blind eye for two years as poppy growing took off.

Today, Afghanistan provides around 90% of the world's heroin supplies.

Many countries complained bitterly about this. The very same people screaming for a war on drugs is now the world's top drug sponsor. At first, Bush simply pretended Afghanistan didn't exist. Then he repeatedly sent his Liberation Barbie Doll wife there to crow about human rights and women getting a "vote"....for the USA puppet regime, of course. But the yells about drugs is now deafening and the tidal wave of herion is now ravaging American cities though no one is supposed to talk about this in the press...sssshhh...the baby is sleeping!

But the baby sleeps no more. Finally, Bush has to pretend to be doing something about this. So today, the NYT....
United States officials warned this month in an internal memo that an American-financed poppy eradication program aimed at curtailing Afghanistan's huge heroin trade had been ineffective, in part because President Hamid Karzai "has been unwilling to assert strong leadership."

Two Afghan workers scraped opium paste from a field of poppies near Kandahar. The U.S.-backed poppy-eradication program has had little effect.

A cable sent on May 13 from the United States Embassy in Kabul, the Afghan capital, said that provincial officials and village elders had impeded destruction of significant poppy acreage and that top Afghan officials, including Mr. Karzai, had done little to overcome that resistance.

"Although President Karzai has been well aware of the difficulty in trying to implement an effective ground eradication program, he has been unwilling to assert strong leadership, even in his own province of Kandahar," said the cable, which was drafted by embassy personnel involved in the anti-drug efforts, two American officials said.
These unnamed officials should be sent home to shovel manure for a few months. "(he) is well aware of the difficulty"...file that under "No Shit, Sherlock"! This difficulty is called being killed instantly. Every war lord will be out for his scalp if he so much as looks cross eyed at them. But it is even funnier!
The cable also faulted Britain, which has the top responsibility for counternarcotics assistance in Afghanistan, for being "substantially responsible" for the failure to eradicate more acreage. British personnel choose where the eradication teams work, but the cable said that those areas were often not the main growing areas and that the British had been unwilling to revise targets.

The criticism of Mr. Karzai reflected mounting frustration among some American officials that plans to uproot large swaths of Afghanistan's poppy crop have produced little success. These officials said they worried that heroin trafficking could threaten the American-led reconstruction effort in Afghanistan and worsen corruption in the country's fledgling central government.
Culture of Life News assumes the Limeys have a very simple reason for this reticence: they don't want to die. Of course, like in America, the War on Drugs is always really a War on Peasants and Urban Poor. They are the ones who go to prison.

When Bush snorted, he didn't go to jail, he did "community service" in Texas and then daddy cleaned the books. Only a few drunk driving arrests in Maine were overlooked. Everything else was scrubbed.

But Bush wants a War on Drugs in Afghanistan. This is another laugh riot for bin Laden.
Since beginning work last month, the country's Central Poppy Eradication Force, an American-trained group, has destroyed less than 250 acres, according to the two American officials. Its original goal was to eradicate 37,000 acres, but that target has recently been reduced to 17,000 acres. With the poppy harvest already under way, the actual eradication levels will probably be far lower, the American officials said.

The department's annual drug-trafficking report, released in March, warned that Afghanistan was "on the verge of becoming a narcotics state."
If 90% of the trade surplus in Afghanistan is from opiates, one would not be remiss to call this "a narcotic nation". But here is the double kicker:
Congress recently passed a supplemental spending bill that included $260 million for the State Department's anti-drug effort in Afghanistan this year.
This is ten times what we spent having the Taliban do this for us. Why does it cost so much?

Oh, yes, probably the vendor working on this is Halliburton..?
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