The phrase, "War on Drugs", has become a cliche' in the American lexicon. It conjures up the image of police officers shaking down drug peddlers, smugglers being pursued by suave-looking government agents and prison cell doors slamming shut with the bad guy incarcerated therein. As with most American myths, this "War on Drugs" is not only an illusion, but a thin disguise veiling the hypocrisy accepted by most Americans today. As we look at the truth about America's true attitudes about drugs, it becomes apparent that America is the world's leading drug peddler.

    In a scandal that was published recently by the SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, the CIA was allegedly involved in the transfer of cocaine into poor Los Angeles neighborhoods. The CIA has denied involvement. While the battle over these scandalous allegations ensues, the facts revealing government drug trafficking on a much larger scale are almost common knowledge, and are included in public documents published by the government. Yet, these greater crimes provoke hardly a murmur of protest.

    In 1989, as the "Cold War" was winding down, the U.S. declared a "War on Drugs". President Bush appointed a "Drug Czar" by the name of William Bennett who was to coordinate the federal assault against narcotics.

    Just as this "war on drugs" was declared with great fanfare, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) held a hearing in Washington to determine if trade sanctions should be imposed on Thailand for restrictive trade practices. Thailand was making an effort to restrict the importation of American tobacco. Threats of sanctions had already forced this highly addictive and lethal narcotic down the throats of consumers in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, causing untold suffering among the populations.

    Thailand protested the extortionate demand of the U.S., predicting that the consequence of U.S. pressure would be to reverse a decline in smoking achieved by the Thai government's campaign against tobacco use.

    Representatives from the U.S. tobacco industry called for sanctions against Thailand, claiming that American tobacco was the best in the world and they had a right to market it in competition with local Thai brands. A Thai representative countered, "Certainly in the Golden Triangle we have some of the best products (heroin), but we never ask the principle of free trade to govern such products; in fact, we suppressed [them]."

    The U.S. campaign to export this poison into other countries is reminiscent of the Opium Wars over 150 years ago when Britain forced China to open its doors to opium from British ruled India, imposing massive drug addiction on China while sanctimoniously claiming the virtues of "free trade".

    During the USTR hearing U.S. Surgeon General, Everett Koop, testified: "When we are pleading with foreign governments to stop the flow of cocaine, it is the height of hypocrisy for the United States to export tobacco." He added, "years from now, our nation will look back on this application of free trade policy and find it scandalous." This policy still fails to prick the conscience of the American public.

    In his "War on Drugs", President Bush chose to go after the "hard drugs" such as cocaine and methamphetamine. Statistics put deaths from the use of these drugs at 3,500 a year in the U.S., but the "good" drugs such as tobacco and alcohol claim over half a million lives a year in the U.S. alone. (Center for Disease Control).

    Tobacco kills over 3 million people worldwide every year, 70 percent of these deaths occurring in developing nations that are hooked on American tobacco (World Health Organization). The cost of treating tobacco related illnesses exceeds $200 billion a year, more than twice the health care expenditures of all developing countries combined.

    In the U.S. approximately 24 billion packs of cigarettes are consumed annually. The health care expense attributed to smoking is approximately $2.06 PER PACK. Over 400,000 people die from smoking related illnesses in the U.S. each year.

    Alcohol is another drug that is not targeted in this nation's much acclaimed "war on drugs". Traumatic injury kills over 140,000 Americans a year. According to a 1989 report by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, alcohol plays a significant role in trauma. The report states, "Alcohol intoxication (blood alcohol content over .10%) is associated with 40 to 50 percent of traffic fatalities; 25 to 35 percent of nonfatal motor vehicle injuries; up to 64 percent of fires and burns; 48 percent of hypothermia and frostbite cases; and about 20 percent of completed suicides. Although not necessarily at the level of intoxication, alcohol also has been estimated to be present in 40 percent or more of falls and nearly 50 percent of homicides (victim or perpetrator). More recently, Goodman and colleagues (1986) found that 30 percent of victims of criminal homicide in Los Angeles had a BAC (greater than .10%). Haberman (1987) reviewed 4 years of medical examiner cases in a New Jersey county and found positive BAC's in 53 percent of traffic accident fatalities and 47 percent of non-traffic accident fatalities."

    Trauma is only one effect of the alcohol drug. The fact that in many states hard liquor is pushed by state owned liquor stores, and that the federal government profits from this drug traffic, makes the government role in society's destruction more obvious.

    If President Bush had declared war on ALL drugs, including alcohol and tobacco, he would have had a revolution on his hands. Americans bemoan the effects of drug use while clinging tenaciously to their cigarettes, booze, and other vices.

    Internationalists will continue working through the large corporations to further the enslavement and decimation of the world's population. As the masses cling to those substances offered for their comfort by these mysterious ones, they will be incapable of freedom. It is a hand/ glove relationship.

    As it says in the scriptures, "The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priest bear rule by their means, and my people love to have it so." Jeremiah 5:31.

Written 11/96


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