Pubdate: Thu, 6 Dec 2007
Source: Eugene Weekly (OR)
Copyright: 2007 Eugene Weekly
Author: Kirk Muse


Thanks for publishing Robert Simms' outstanding letter: "Politics of
Poppies" (11/15). I especially liked his line, "this war (drug war)
was never meant to be won."

U. S. drug czar John Walters is essentially the head cheerleader for
the drug war bureaucracy. Like all bureaucrats, his goal is the
continuation and expansion of his bureaucracy. All bureaucracies want
more power and more money. The drug-war bureaucracy is no exception.

The only way to achieve victory in the so-called drug war is to
re-legalize all of our now illegal drugs so they can be sold in
licensed, regulated and taxed businesses.

Victory is not the goal of the drug war. Victory in the drug war would
mean that the drug war bureaucracy is out of business. Victory in the
drug war would mean that our robust prison building industry would
come to a screeching halt.

Victory in the drug war would mean that thousands of so-called drug
warriors would be looking for a job or working at quickie marts.

Kirk Muse, Mesa, Ariz.
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