If one would ask what the most grave problem humanity
faces today is, the majority of the answers would be: drugs. Most of the
major cities on earth are plagued by drugs and drug-related crimes. Year
after year drug-related deaths break records.
Drug money flows into the global economy corrupting
everything and everyone on its path. Entire countries are thus bribed,
giving drug lords more power than elected presidents. Local authorities
try to deal with this problem that has become global but every effort,
though, is doomed to fail because problems of this magnitude can only be
solved with an international effort of all countries concerned. Not only
consumer countries but also producing, laundering and distribution
countries must be involved in the solution.
All efforts thus far have had no effect because the
focus of all these solutions were on the criminalization of drugs. More
arrests, more interceptions of drug shipments will never lead to less
crime and drug use.
The only solution is an international legalization of
drugs, a free distribution of drugs to addicts and at the same time a
world-wide medical programme for rehabilitation and awareness. With the
legalization of controlled substances the criminality surrounding it
will fade. It will also lead to a sounder and less double standard
approach to the whole phenomenon of addiction, with alcohol and tobacco
into the equation. A far better educational and awareness programme can
thus be developed. The legalization will lead to a better product and
this will of course lead to a fall in drug-related deaths.
This new approach to drugs and drug use is the only
way to go if the current crime problem is to be handled. Old time
repressive solutions have only helped criminals get richer and can be
considered a failure.
The legalization of drugs will also lead to less
spending. All the funds that were directed into police departments and
drug enforcement teams exclusively dealing with this problem can now be
used for other purposes. Only a small percentage of this money is needed
to fund the medical and educational initiatives that are needed. The
heavy arms aid to corrupt governments who try to fight the production of
drugs in their territory will not longer be needed. This will save
billions that can be used in development plans that benefit the
population of the concerned countries and not the political agenda of
the ruling parties.
The actual use of drugs is not the real problem.
Alcohol was consumed since the first steps of mankind and the human race
has learned to deal with the problem of this addictive product and has
incorporated this drug into society. The problems started when other
addictive products were criminalized, thus creating opportunities for
unscrupulous individuals, since they were the only ones who did not take
notice of moral or legal laws.
These drugs were effectively handed over into the
hands of these individuals and the rest was, as they say, history. The
prices became artificially high, creating incredible profits and
millions in the hands of criminals.
The legalization of drugs will lead to a dramatic
drop in those prices, will stop the exploitation of farmers in drug
producing countries, will stop the bribing of politicians, judges and
police officers, will stop the unprecedented power and wealth of
criminal individuals. Without the funds that artificial drug prices gave
them, these kings of corruption and their kingdoms based on terror and
violence will cease to exist.
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American fundamentalism's support
the state of Israel - by Gary North