Pubdate: Fri, 25 Jan 2002
Source: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram (WI)
Copyright: 2002 Eau Claire Press
Author: Dave Michon
Bookmark: (Terrorism)


I take strong exception to Harold Davis' Christmas letter equating 
drug use with terrorism.

Some are using the recent horrors to settle their own scores, and I 
find it reprehensible. In fighting terrorism, we fight a concerted 
effort to impose medieval fundamentalism on our free society.

On the whole, our society finds the world of the Taliban, with it's 
repression and hatred, anathema. Ostracizing certain small classes of 
our society, such as those who, for their own reasons, use drugs, is 
only doing the advance work for the terrorists by seeding intolerance.

The neurosciences are beginning to reveal the secrets of the brain, 
so we will in coming years better understand the phenomena of drug 
use. When that time comes, those who have advocated the repression 
and incarceration of drug users will be seen for the misanthropes 
they are, and they will be classed with the Taliban, witch trials, 
Inquisition and all the other examples of mankind's inhumanity to man.

To print such a letter as Mr. Davis' on the birthday of He who 
preached compassion and love was very wrong, and I call on all good 
people to reject it.

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