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Not Just Another War: The Destructive Burden of the War on Drugs

Not Just Another War: The Destructive Burden of the War on Drugs

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Published by Ron Ruthfield
America’s 40-year-old War on Drugs has caused so much destruction and wasted so many financial and human resources that unless we expose it for what it is on a round-the-clock basis, it will continue to erode our society and cause even more widespread and systemic problems.
America’s 40-year-old War on Drugs has caused so much destruction and wasted so many financial and human resources that unless we expose it for what it is on a round-the-clock basis, it will continue to erode our society and cause even more widespread and systemic problems.

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Published by: Ron Ruthfield on Aug 03, 2010
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The latest news and updates on the war on drugs.
It’s not just another war.
 
America’s 40
-year-old War on Drugs has caused so much destruction and wasted so many financial andhuman resources that unless we expose it for what it is on a round-the-clock basis, it will continue toerode our society and cause even more widespread and systemic problems.The drug war is significantly more pandemic than the swine flu and the common cold, and has causedeven more harm than the BP oil spill.For years, drug trafficking
 –
the vast majority of which is marijuana
 –
has found what seems like aninterminable home on the U.S. border with Mexico, which has replaced Colombia as the Number Onecountry
 –
by far
 –
smuggling drugs into our country.
Yet the powers at all levels of government still won’t acknowledge what this maniacal War on Drugs has
caused.
What’s caused it?
First, the lack of political will. Second, corruption so widespread that it has caused
many nations’ infrastructures to literally crumble.
And third, mostly silence from the body politic of theUnited States.But even with public pleas to begin a serious dialogue that will lead to the legalization of marijuana frompeople such as Vincente Fox, the former President of Mexico, the American administration continues toturn a deaf ear.The staggering number of killings now occurring within earshot and walking distance of American citiesis mind numbing. The murdering has now spilled over into our own country. Indeed, Mexican cartelsare now even hiring American teen-agers as young as 13 as hit men for assassinations in Mexico and theU.S.
And Phoenix, AZ, can now boast about its being one of the globe’s largest kidnapping capitals –
secondonly to Mexico City.Apparently, the Obama administration has put the issue of marijuana legalization on the back burner,and does not consider it a particularly pressing issue, despite the fact that our federal and state prisonsare still incarcerating non-violent drug offenders at an alarming rate.

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