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Grandola

Why drugs and terrorism mix

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off of marijuana.com:

 

Contrast: Why drugs and terrorism mix

=>Posted by: KWhite.

=>Monday, July 22 @ 00:41:43 MST

The Ottawa Citizen

Date: Thursday, July 18, 2002

 

After Sept. 11, drug cops around the world raced to recast themselves as central players in the war on terrorism. "Narco-terrorism," a hitherto almost unknown phrase, started popping up everywhere.

 

For instance, Narco-terrorism and Canada, a confidential RCMP report produced in November, 2001, said Afghan hashish imported to Canada generates about $20 million U.S., a portion of which "likely" goes to "terrorist elements in Afghanistan." The RCMP wants the readers to conclude that "You can't fight terrorism without fighting drugs," as the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has become fond of saying.

 

This conclusion would not protect us from drugs (or terror) any better than prohibition has in the past 80 years. But it would safeguard the RCMP's budget, and the jobs of 1,000 Mounties working full-time on drugs.

 

It is true, as another RCMP report states, that "narcotics have long been used by organized crime and extremist/terrorist groups as a means to generate revenues to support armed conflict." But any serious analysis would ask why. Why do the fanatics of the world zero in on the drug trade, instead of smuggling liquor or coffee, sugar or chocolate bon-bons?

 

It's because drugs are illegal. Why smuggle a legal product to get the same modest profit legal sellers do? Because drugs are illegal, producers, wholesalers and retailers only get involved if there's a huge "risk premium" added to the price. So illegal drugs have fantastic profit margins, making them ideal revenue sources for gangsters, guerrillas or terrorists.

 

If economic theory is unconvincing, try history. Until drugs were criminalized in the early 20th century, they were made by major pharmaceutical companies such as Merck and sold in ordinary stores, with no criminals or terrorists involved. That changed once drugs were banned.

 

Gangsters got rich, and killers with political ambitions quickly saw what uses could be made of the new illicit trade. In the 1920s, Soviet officials sold drugs in the Far East. In 1931, a secret society of Japanese officers used drug-smuggling profits to fund an attack on a Japanese-run railway in Manchuria, as the pretext for the Japanese invasion. In 1933, U.S. investigators found Honduran citizens diverting European narcotics from the legal trade and selling them in the U.S. "for arms and ammunition which were being sent for use in revolution."

 

Drugs don't enrich thugs; the criminal law does. RCMP bosses know it. They should look beyond self-interest, and be honest about what is really putting cash in terrorists' pockets.

 

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word to the mommy fucker

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Guest sneak

wow, who wuda guesssed drugs were linked to terrorists????:rolleyes:

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Guest --zeSto--

3 words...

 

The Opium War

 

governments have allways been the biggest pushers.

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thats bullshit!!! terrorists get there money from the government. they send moeny to this third world countries for food and stuff. but the government in these third world countries dont give a shit about there ppl. they take the moeny to buy missle and guns and shit and send tere ppl here to spy on the american government. drug money goes tot he drug dealers, i dont think they give money to charaties and third world countires.

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Guest greedy mars

i dont give a shit. were all gonna die. let me ride and smoke dunny.. woop

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Originally posted by Grandola

 

Drugs don't enrich thugs; the criminal law does. RCMP bosses know it. They should look beyond self-interest, and be honest about what is really putting cash in terrorists' pockets.

 

 

s'all i was tring to get across...

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Actually the Us gave the taliban over 200 milion up till the 911 bombing. The Us also was the major player in the smuggling of tons of coke into the US in the 80's to fund the contras, basically destroying most of americas poor neighborhoods.

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ummm according to the comercials if u buy drugs your supporting terrorist. does any else have a problem with this? me neither ::bong rip::

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