To: Mind-numbed Robot
Well, NO SOUP FOR YOU, then. Just suppose for a moment that "Plan Columbia" was designed for purposes OTHER THAN illicit drug interdiction?
East Timor Retrospective,
excerpted from the book
The Rule of Force in World Affairs
by Noam chomsky
South End Press, 2000, paper
... the "drug war" is crafted to target poor peasants abroad and poor people at home; by the use of force, not constructive measures to alleviate the problems that allegedly motivate it, at a fraction of the cost.
While Clinton's Colombia Plan was being formulated, senior administration of ficials discussed a proposal by the Office of Management and Budget to take $100 million from the $1.3 billion then planned for Colombia, to be used for treatment for US addicts. There was nearunanimous opposition, particularly from "drug czar" General Barry McCaffrey, and the proposal was dropped. In contrast, when Richard Nixon-in many respects the last liberal president-declared a drug war in 1971, two-thirds of the funding went to treatment, which reached record numbers of addicts; there was a sharp drop in drug-related arrests and the number of federal prison inmates. Since 1980, however, "the war on drugs has shifted to punishing offenders, border surveillance, and fighting production at the source countries." One consequence is an enormous increase in drug-related (often victimless) crimes and an explosion in the prison population, reaching levels far beyond that in any industrial country and possibly a world record, with no detectable effect on availability or price of drugs.
Such observations, hardly obscure, raise the question of what the drug war is all about. It is recognized widely that it fails to achieve its stated ends, and the failed methods are then pursued more vigorously, while effective ways to reach the stated goals are rejected. It is therefore only reasonable to conclude that the "drug war," cast in the harshly punitive form implemented in the past 20 years, is achieving its goals, not failing. What are these goals? A plausible answer is implicit in a comment by Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, one of the few senators to pay close attention to social statistics, as the latest phase of the "drug war" was declared. By adopting these measures, he observed, "we are choosing to have an intense crime problem concentrated among minorities." Criminologist Michael Tonry concludes that "the war's planners knew exactly what they were doing." What they were doing is, first, getting rid of the "superfluous population," the "disposable people"- "desechables," as they are called in Colombia, where they are eliminated by "social cleansing"; and second, frightening everyone else, not an unimportant task in a period when a domestic form of "structural adjustment" is being imposed, with significant costs for the majority of the population.
"While the War on Drugs only occasionally serves and more often degrades public health and safety," a well-informed and insightful review concludes, "it regularly serves the interests of private wealth: interests revealed by the pattern of winners and losers, targets and non-targets, well-funded and underfunded," in accord with "the main interests of US foreign and domestic policy generally" and the private sector that "has overriding influence on policy."
posted on 07/05/2005 11:55:19 AM PDT
(DEMAND IMMEDIATE, OPEN INVESTIGATIONS OF U.S. COMPLICITY IN RWANDAN GENOCIDE!)
By invoking and quoting Noam Chomsky you have officially crossed over the border into the Moonbat Reservation and we are legally empowered to make fun of you.
Although I agree that the WoD is causing many problems, maybe more than it is solving, I don't agree with the motives assigned to it nor do I believe Chomsky's statistics.
It is evident by your posting data and opinions from Amnesty International and Nom Chomsky that you believe they are telling the truth. I don't! They are part of the attempt by the left to rewrite history to present the entire history of the US as one of greed and opportunistic genocide, corrupt the English language so that well accepted definitions of words are turned on their heads to mean the opposite, and change the form of our government and society into one more like the USSR and China.
Your time would be better served by reading more David Horowitz, Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, Ayn Rand, etc. You might want to tune in Rush Limbaugh, et al., also
I haven't read your link to more of Chomsky and I am now off to the bookstore to buy several books you should read, one of which is Mark Levin's Men in Black.
posted on 07/05/2005 12:46:18 PM PDT
by Mind-numbed Robot
(Not all that needs to be done needs to be done by the government.)
by Noam Chomsky
LOL, you cant be serious. I think I see the root of your problem.
posted on 07/05/2005 12:49:10 PM PDT
(Correct spelling is overrated)
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