The war on drugs reconsidered

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The war on drugs reconsidered

The United States’ reputation and credibility around the world is at an all-time low. Its bullying, its arrogance and its aggression have led to several disastrous wars in succession.

With all these American misadventures so prominent in people’s minds, it is easy to forget yet another war the United States has initiated and has been fighting for over 40 years. This war has destroyed lives, economies and societies in many countries around the world.

Like the majority of American wars, this war, which is based on failed policy, is brutal, insane, costly, and unwinnable. Unlike the others, this war has continued insidiously and unremittingly for 40 years, with little chance that reasonable politicians would ever admit a mistake and change course. This undocumented holocaust which has squandered US 2.5 trillion dollars thus far is Richard Nixon’s brainchild called “The War on Drugs”.

Let us examine the many reasons why “The War on Drugs” is a failed policy and an unwinnable war, and why its continued prosecution should be reconsidered not only by the Caricom region, but by every nation which considers itself civilised.

It is a violation of the most basic human rights.

Ask yourself the following questions: Who should have the final authority over what goes into your body? You, or a mob of rich, alcoholic politicians in Washington, DC who determine what policies best suit their investments and then force them on the rest of the world? After all, what is a human being’s most sacred possession, if not his own body, without which there would be no life itself? Even if you make poor decisions about what goes into your body (as most people do), does that mean you should go to jail when you have not harmed anyone in your life with the possible exception of yourself?

If you believe that you should have sovereignty over your own body, and you shouldn’t be owned by a government of highly imperfect people, then you already have enough reason to oppose “The War on Drugs”. If you believe that government should own your body and dictate what you may consume, then you cannot believe in true liberty, freedom or humanitarian principles. But perhaps you still believe in common sense, so please read on…

It is the creation of crime where crime did not previously exist

This is the most important and least understood aspect of “The War on Drugs”. Without a doubt, the manufacture, sale and use of illegal drugs is surrounded with gangs, guns, and violent crime. An uninformed person might think that the crime arises from the use of the drugs themselves, but there is nothing inherent in cannabis, cocaine or even heroin that causes one to act criminally. Most users do not engage in criminal behaviour.

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  1. they way i see it the person that wrote this is MORE ON DRUGS smfh lol madness so if the war on drugs stoped then the whole world would becrazy with endles jombees roaming the streets oh boy lol

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    • so you saying that the only thing stopping you from taking drugs is the fact that you will get caught and jailed? or is it a personal choice to not consume certain products,we all know that drugs is illegal however no who really wants to get drugs can definitely do so without too much hassle. the war has failed and it is only benefiting a few individuals and head of agencies; the police who get the funding from the US to fight drugs and get to fly around the world in the guise of training, get all types of modern equipment and power to decide... the people who own the helicopters which fly the sorties either photographing plantations or carrying police to the fields they are the people directly benefiting from the war on drugs. the lawyers as well as more ppl who get arrested is more work for them, more money in their pockets... why not legalise and make that money and more through taxation and the other enterprises that could be created from plants like cannabis?

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  2. was in colombia a few years ago and was told that if the coca plant could grow in america then cocaine would be legal as the american companies would be the ones selling it.

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  3. How can you fight a war against drugs and win? WAR on DRUGS?! Man that is like me saying I am fighting a war on, say, the wind!

    America is just drunk on war!

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  4. Interesting point of view but show me the drug trade without crime.They go hand in hand and you cannot dispute the grim facts.

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  5. the whole human race is fucked...the man who says he is free is in bondage more than anyone else...we hve the illusion of freedom

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  6. This article is well written but the author is far from being well informed. The war on drugs cannot be won but there is way more benefits to it than detriment. The strategy needs to be redirected only because of the economic impact because of how costly it is to fight the drug trade. It is time to stop spending so much resource on the wrong people, but everyone including the author of this article have benefited from the war on drugs even though they may not know it. Let’s not down play the negative consequences of the drug trade on every country in the world.

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  7. There is a difference between ganja and hard drugs. Drugs have destroyed countless families around the world...so please don't advocate its use. No one is preventing you from smoking your shit.

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  8. Well said but i believe that the damage has already been done!!corruption, greed, all the poisons that affects us today is from this failed and brutal war on drugs.

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    • gassa..everyting we know is lie...tht explains just abt it...war on drugs??psssh plzzz....just now is war on innocent civilians...oh yh it happening aready..they distract the masses wit all they SO CALLED reality shows,and a whole bunch of social networks..to keep us busy

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  9. Well written,I've been saying this for a very long time but we all know we can't change the "Sheep" minds.They're brainwashed as it is.

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