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neptunia67
Jun. 18th, 2007 11:10 pm (UTC)
omg, that is too funny. I like that Ron Paul. He speaks his mind.

We're talking about the War on Drugs in deviation class right now. A fellow student, who also happens to be an anthro professor, wrote this in response to another student's post:

Original post: "...There has to be a way it gets distributed, and every distribution point has a source. If it takes the regulation of international flights to deter the distribution of poppy seeds from Afganistan, then so be it. Usually, its known exactly where these drugs are coming from..."

And the response: "Tom Clancy addressed this question of going to the source and eradicating it in his novel "Clear and Present Danger", in which the US (illegally) invades Columbia to stop cocaine production/distribution. It didn't work out very well, if I remember correctly.
Here's an easier solution to that opium poppy problem in Afghanistan. Have he UN WHO buy up the poppy crop, at better prices than the warlords pay. Put public pressure on drug companies to process that opium, at cost, as a public service, into painkillers, such as morphine, etc. Then distribute it at (low) cost to Third World hospitals. In much of the developing world today, the only pain reliever for terminal cancer is...aspirin (if you buy your own). Why won't the US consider a policy like that? Opiates have been demonized to the point that all of the good such a program might do is negated by the possibility that one person, somewhere, might get high. Sad, isn't it?"
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