Drug War An Unnecessary Scam

Drug War An Unnecessary Scam
Posted by FoM on May 22, 2000 at 07:53:06 PT
Letter to the Editor by Christopher A. Joseph
Source: Michigan Live
In a recent article on Uncle Sam's push for biological warfare in Columbia's drug eradication efforts, President Clinton uses the following logic to justify support for the aid package: "Fifty-two thousand Americans die every year from drugs."When one takes into account the number of people who die each year from legal, non-prescription drugs, why aren't we sending the National Guard to shut down Anheuser-Busch, Philip Morris, and Proctor & Gamble just to name a few? 
The numbers (look them up yourself) point to a big piece of wool that's been pulled over our eyes. Why doesn't the press ever bring up this disparity in numbers, and the faulty logic that keeps this so-called 'war' machine lubricated with our precious tax dollars? Legal drugs seem to be a much worse and more widespread problem that needs of our attention, while our resources are drained by keeping hundreds of thousands of unnecessary soldiers and their immense support structure employed in the largest public works scam since perpetual potholes in our roads. We're not keeping a finger in the dike of an epidemic, we're making a mountain out of a mole hill and destroying our constitutional freedoms in the process.Christopher A. JosephParma, OhioLetters To The Editor: daily.letters Comments To Online Staff: online.daily Published: May 22, 2000Copyright 2000 The Michigan DailyRelated Articles:Fungicidal Feds Control or Bio Warfare?
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Comment #2 posted by Scott on May 22, 2000 at 11:25:50 PT:
52,000 deaths? Uh, no
The number is closer to around 20,000, with less than half of those deaths occuring from overdoses (other causes of death include car accidents, suicides, AIDS, hepatitus, etc). That number could be decreased dramatically if drug addicts got pharmacutical drugs and not street drugs. I think this is another example of Clinton "tolerating a certain level of killing to further his political agenda". Scott
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Comment #1 posted by dddd on May 22, 2000 at 09:41:04 PT
Yet another excellent commentary. It is truly absurd and obscene when you compare the statistics between the legal and illegal drugs,and then look at the mind-boggling amount of resources that are put into the false threat of "illegal drugs". It's hard to believe that the public allows such things to continue.....dddd
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