Pubdate: Tue, 11 Apr 2000 Date: 04/11/2000 Source: Wall Street Journal (US) Author: Robert Sharpe Francis Fukuyama's March 28 editorial-page commentary "Colombia Deserves U.S. Help," which voiced support for the proposed $1.57 billion military aid package to Colombia, was misguided. Attempts to limit supply only increase the profitability of drug trafficking, which in turn increases the levels of violence and corruption. We're not doing the Colombian people any favors by adding fuel to the fire. Nor are we protecting children from drugs. Even if every last plant in Colombia were killed by the toxic poisons that drug warriors spray, American youth would continue to get high. As long as there is a demand, there will be a supply. Cut off the flow of cocaine and domestic methamphetamine production will boom. Thanks to past successes at eradicating marijuana in Latin America, the corresponding increase in domestic cultivation has made marijuana America's number one cash crop. Kids who cannot buy pot have been known to use a host of deadly yet legal chemicals to get high. I find it frustrating that the alleged champions of the free market in Congress cannot understand how basic supply and demand dynamics make the drug war futile. No amount of tax dollars spent eradicating plants in Colombia is going to make the U.S. "drug-free." Nor will funding civil war in Colombia win the drug war. For the same reasons that alcohol prohibition failed, the drug war has been doomed from the start. Robert Sharpe, Students for Sensible Drug Policy George Washington University Note: The WSJ, historically prohibitionist, here prints letters from two oft-published letter writers. Together, Sharpe and Sutliff have 36 letters in the 1999-2000 MAP archive at http://www.mapinc.org/lte/.