How to win the War on Drugs

One of the side-effects of the all-out war on terrorism has been

a complete absence of any mention of the war on drugs. The two are

linked, however: Afghanistan is one of the largest opium exporters

in the world, and the Taliban, for all that they have eradicated much

poppy production, still have large stockpiles of heroin should they

need some extra cash.

As we all know, efforts to stamp out the supply of drugs are doomed

to fail, whether they occur in Afghanistan or Colombia: the best that

can be hoped for is that the supply moves to some other country. What

is needed is a clampdown on demand.

One would like to think that we have moved on from the days of Nancy

Reagan and “Just Say No,” but so far the US government seems

to have been singularly unsuccessful in persuading its population

to stop doing drugs. Now, they have a golden opportunity.

America is in the throes of anthrax paranoia. Everybody now knows

that anthrax is generally curable if it only gets into contact with

skin: the really lethal form of the disease occurs when the spores

are inhaled. So any terrorist organisation wishing to infect as many

people as possible with anthrax will attempt to ensure that it is

inhaled, rather than simply handled.

So: Start a rumour that terrorists have been adding anthrax spores

to cocaine supplies! With America’s present heightened state

of alert, cocaine consumption would plummet overnight. The United

States has an opportunity to strike a decisive blow in the war on

drugs, and where it counts the most: on the demand side, rather than

on the supply side.

Keep an ear out for the word on the street…

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1 Response to How to win the War on Drugs

  1. Mike says:

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