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Jimmy Carter Calls for End of Global Drug War in NY Times Op-EdTim King Salem-News.com
Carter calls for an end to the mostly U.S. fueled madness that has driven, rather than reduced, drug use globally.
(SALEM, Ore.) - I never fail to be impressed with the man I consider to be the best U.S. president in recent history. I believe former U.S. President James 'Jimmy' Carter has a heart of gold and while he walks a difficult mile and has faltered along the way, he remains dedicated toward locating this elusive thing called world peace.
In a New York Times Op-Ed, Carter calls for an end to the Global Drug War, and calls particularly into question, the failed U.S. War on Drugs that began 40 years ago under former President Richard M. Nixon.
As much as many will disagree, that is another modern U.S. president who was able to accomplish things and unlike his contemporaries of today, Nixon aided the poor, rather than functioning as a class war attack dog like George W. Bush would, in later years.
The war on drugs is a farce, let's begin there. One of its prime specific early targets was marijuana. As time went by, more and more research based evidence surfaced showing that rather than being an 'evil weed', marijuana had the ability to substantially aid cancer victims and AIDS patients and then the list of medical uses kept growing.
The federal government's position to this day, is that marijuana should remain in the criminal realm.
That is bad news for sick people.
But that is just the beginning of the problems relating to the American warring mentality that can not approach any subject without having its guns drawn.
Whether people in the government dispute it or not, the U.S. government did import drugs from Nicaragua, it was a huge issue in the 1980's during the Iran/Contra hearings that exposed the guns for weapons program headed by a disgraced Marine officer named Oliver North. The U.S. then, like now, was on the side (in Nicaragua) of the right-wing military fascist forces known as 'Contras' that battled the Sandinista's who represented the poor masses. Today the group the U.S. tried to defeat is in control of the country.
In his New York Times Op-Ed, found here, Jimmy Carter says:
IN an extraordinary new initiative announced earlier this month, the Global Commission on Drug Policy has made some courageous and profoundly important recommendations in a report on how to bring more effective control over the illicit drug trade. The commission includes the former presidents or prime ministers of five countries, a former secretary general of the United Nations, human rights leaders, and business and government leaders, including Richard Branson, George P. Shultz and Paul A. Volcker.
But as history tells us, the United States always needs scapegoats, and it needs them for multiple fronts. There is always the 'commie' or 'Jap' or 'hun' or 'terrorist' that is there to justify, sometimes legitimately, the need for military action.
But don't forget the other domestic targets; Blacks, Gays, Muslims, the Poor, Drug Users, and of course here in Oregon they are passing a law now that will make every person ever convicted of a sex-related crime 'register' which sounds good on one hand, but is just another way for money to trade hands and control the population a little more, at the end of the day.
It's a punishment-based society where the truly harmful drugs like methamphetamine that just tears brains to pieces are not detected in a 'piss test' a day after they are taken, but the pot user keeps it in their system for thirty days, boom! What a convenient matter that is for the cops and courts and their archaic system of crime and punishment that is so far off the mark that beyond an extraordinary act of some kind, it will not likely fully change for years.
As President Carter states, ideas that were once well placed turned militant under President Ronald Reagan. It was in fact a U.S. venture called the Vietnam War that opened channels with Asia. The cocaine trade and Mexican marijuana trades gained a lot of traction, and the U.S. federal government has been pouring billions into nowhere and driving the stakes higher the entire time.
These ideas were widely accepted at the time. But in the 1980s President Ronald Reagan and Congress began to shift from balanced drug policies, including the treatment and rehabilitation of addicts, toward futile efforts to control drug imports from foreign countries.
Please visit the New York Times to read the Op-Ed, Jimmy Carter Calls for End of Global Drug War in NY Times Op-Ed
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