Pubdate: Sun, 05 Mar 2006
Source: North County Times (Escondido, CA)
Copyright: 2006 North County Times
Note: Gives LTE priority to North San Diego County and Southwest 
Riverside County residents
Author: Grant Kuhns


Sandee Enriquez raised a great question about our "other wars" 
(Letters, Dec. 10). With all the debate on this page over the Iraq 
war, silence regarding the war on drugs is rather baffling. Then, 
maybe not, politics being as it is.

If one unequivocal thing can be said about the war in Iraq, it is 
this: Our three-year mission in Iraq is clearly more successful and 
justified than our 35-year-old war on drugs. For one thing, our drug 
war costs the lives of 15 times more Americans each year than the war 
in Iraq. The war on drugs kills more people than illegal drugs kill 
people. That may sound stupid, but you read it correctly -- it is stupid.

Drug prohibition not only breeds death, but disease, crime, 
corruption, injustice and human suffering. This is not hyperbole, it 
aptly describes the war on drugs. Word limit prevents in-depth 
discussion here, but interested readers with access to a computer 
will find compelling arguments and data to support each of the above 
allegations at the following noncommercial Web site:


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