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It's a simple formula: Prohibition creates a funding source
And so, as the US pours more and more resources into the war against
terrorism, the question arises whether the US can truly fight these two
different 'wars' at once.
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As the US government builds its coalition against terrorism,
attention should turn toward the US's allies. The result
has been a growing awareness of the links between drug traffickers
and producers, official corruption, arms dealing, rebel groups,
and terrorists around the world.
For more background information and some of the history of
There is a growing body of information on the links between
drug prohibition, crime, arms trafficking and terrorist
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The U.S. seeks to choke off
profits from the Central Asian drug trade that it claims are used to buy
arms and explosives. But important allies in
Washington's struggle against terror are also believed
to be reaping the rewards of that nation's
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As officials concentrate on the details of the US war
on terrorism, some are taking the opportunity to advance
an another agenda: heightening the Drug War.
"The vast illegal enterprises that the U.N. says are
raking in some $400 billion a year -- the powerful, murderous
combines that threaten to overwhelm the rule of law itself --
all could be cut off instantly by simply taking the drug trade
out of the hands of the gangsters and putting it in the hands
of government regulators -- just as we finally were forced to
do with alcohol."
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"As we embark on a renewed war
against terrorism it would be wise to more honestly look at the
drugs - since like terrorism it is without national
an undefined enemy.
We cannot afford to have our anti-terrorism efforts
fail as clearly as the drug war has failed so we better
learn from our
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"Lessons From The Drug War."
Terror War: DEA launches offensive against sick, dying
Americans by targeting medical cannabis clinics. The public asks:
Is this how to fight a war against?
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Why did the Office of National Drug Control Policy spend $3.5
Million on advocacy ads when half the people who want drug treatment
can't get it? Is it because
the drug war is losing public support?
Following are some very informative articles that help
provide more background and information on
the US's War on Drugs and its War on Terrorism.
"Drugs And Thugs," Reason Magazine, Dec. 1,
"Feds Are Busting The Wrong 'Drug Ring',"
Chicago Tribune, Nov. 7, 2001
"Terror or Drugs? We
Can't Wage War On Both," Canada's National
Post, Oct. 29, 2001
"Parallel Tragedies of Colombia, US," Miami
Herald, Oct. 26, 2001
"Drug-War Plan To Aid Colombia Raises Questions,"
Miami Herald, Oct. 26, 2001
"Tales Of The Afghan Drug Trade Opium For The Masses,"
Village Voice, Oct. 24, 2001
"History Repeats As US Finds Unlikely Allies,"
Orlando Sentinel, Oct. 21, 2001
"The Forgotten War On Drugs: Taliban's Defeat
Could Bring More Drugs To US Cities," by Earl Ofari
Hutchinson, Pacific News Service, Oct. 18, 2001.
"Most Afghan Opium Grown In Rebel-Controlled Areas,"
New York Times, Oct. 5, 2001
"Analysis - The Heroin Trail,"
BBC News, Oct. 4, 2001
"Washington's Terror List: Road Through Afghanistan
Leads To Colombia,"
NarcoNews, Oct. 1, 2001
"War On Terrorism: A Recipe For Disaster,"
NarcoNews, Sept. 28, 2001
"Terrorists Get Cash From Drug Trade,"
Ottawa Citizen, Sept. 14, 2001
"US Drug War Pays Afghans Who Aid Terrorists Who Attack
Las Vegas Review-Journal, Sept. 19, 2001
"Afghan Drugs Linked To 'Terrorism' - UN
Reuters, Sept. 18, 2001
"US Meets With Afghanistan Militia,"
Associated Press, Aug. 2, 2001