Stumbled on an article on the war on drugs in The Lookout, a Yahoo! News Blog – highlights below.
(I’m betting you’ll be surprised by who is protesting the war on drugs.)
Don’t forget – the following comes from the The Lookout……
At a conference in New York Friday, June 3, former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo, former Secretary of State George Schultz, former UN General Secretary Kofi Annon, and former US Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker, among other leaders, are expected to support treatment instead of prison for users of substances (drugs) currently the enemy in the war on drugs.
Current and former law enforcement men and women in the group “Law Enforcement Against Prohibition” have taken a stance favoring treatment instead of prison.
The NAACP, noting that too many young people are in prison for non-violent drug offenses, has called for treatment instead of prison, a position endorsed by none other than Newt Gingrich.
Last December Pat Robertson’s “The 700 Club” endorsed faith-based rehabilitation instead of prison.
Of 2.3 million persons in America’s prisons, over a half million are there for drug offenses.
In the past 4 years more than 35,000 were victims of drug-related violence.
Now for the editorial….
We’ll never win the war on drugs. With all the deaths, drive-bys, Mexican gangs, and so on, war it is. But won’t addictive personalities always be among us? If the drug market were no longer so ridiculously profitable, wouldn’t we see less – maybe no – drug-related violence? Isn’t the violence mainly due to the crazy amounts of money involved in the drug trade? Didn’t Prohibition teach us that even a consitutional amendment much less laws that ignore human nature only create mobsters who make all that money and often shoot each other and innocent bystanders in the process of making that money?
Wish I knew the answers……or the right questions.