Pubdate: Sat, 04 Jun 2011 Source: Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Copyright: 2011 Canwest Publishing Inc. Contact: http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/letters.html Website: http://www.montrealgazette.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/274 Author: Russell Barth IT'S TIME FOR A TRUCE IN THE WAR ON DRUGS "" Re: "Global war on drugs has failed" (Gazette, June 3). The war on certain drugs has not failed. Far from it. This war was never meant to be won. It was meant to be continuous. It was designed to reduce the civil rights and liberties of the general population, fill them with dread and fear and anger, accustom them to an ongoing and evergrowing police and military presence in people's daily lives, drain taxpayers' dollars, and keep lawyers rich, police officers busy, armies fed and jails full. In that regard, The War On Certain Drugs has been the biggest success in world history. It is an amazing, magical beast that actually grows larger by eating its own waste. That is why Prime Minister Stephen Harper plans to build 12 new federal prisons, rather than build things that actually reduce drug use - like schools, hospitals, treatment centres and children's sports and social programs. Russell Barth Nepean, Ont. - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.