Monday, February 7, 2011

Afghanistan, Mexico, Drugs & US policy

The current issue of National Georgraphic asks how the growing of heroin poppies in Afghanistan might be controlled. It is not just an Afghan problem. They are the supply side, but we are the demand side. Until we get realistic about drugs and help addicts, rather than criminalize them and their suppliers, the profits in the business will attract desperate people. We are responible for the terrorism in Afghanistan and Mexico and other places, and no amount of police and military will stop it. Our expensive drug policies are not only a failure, but have harmed people around the world.

1 comment:

Diane Geanuleas said...

Al, you always hit the mark. Our unintended consequences are indeed enormous.