Sunday, November 8, 2009

Cashing in on the Drug War Failure

I know we have other worries right now. Over twenty million un/underemployed, no decent health care reform to be found anywhere, and the only leader in the U.S. is Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), but it seems as good a time as any to mention where the School of the Americas and the flood of cocaine into this country intersected, which led to the public funding of the bigtime (but fraudulent) War Against Drugs (government-sponsored imports), which it seems inspired a lot more interest than a War Against Extortionate Health Care. Our good friend Ed Asner is the narrator. Watch and gasp. (Notice any similarities to the poppy crop necessary for the opium/heroin trade coming back strong in Afghanistan?) And who is running this? And for what purpose?

Or am I just whistling Dixie?

Plan Colombia: Cashing in on the Drug War Failure Video Documentary Directed by Gerard Ungerman - Narrated By Ed Asner Plan Colombia: Cashing in on the Drug War Failure documents what many believe to be dangerous hypocrisy on the part of the American government. The film gives particular attention to the reasons behind the drug trade (Colombia is the world's biggest cocaine exporter), which include illegal trade funded by radicals, the corrupt government, and the simple fact that most farmers harvest coca because they can't survive on the profits of legitimate food crops.

Ungerman also explores the link to America's notorious School of the Americas in Georgia and how targeted aerial fumigation has destroyed perfectly legal natural resources in the mission to eradicate drug crops.

The film concludes that the U.S. military-industrial complex is cashing in on the violence they themselves perpetrate, while doing little to actually stem cocaine production.

Suzan ________________________

2 comments:

MadMike said...

I spent my entire adult life in law enforcement, and the last ten years or so teaching at the local university. I can guarantee that the drug war is a massive failure. It is a complete waste of time and money and is done more to obtain leverage with those foreign nations that want our helicopters and personnel. This is a great article and I agree with every word.

Suzan said...

Imagine how quickly we could get out of our financial hole if we had the money spent on defense and the bogus drug war back to spend on something truly trivial like, oh, health care or job creation.

Well, at least some of the money back . . . as I know it's waaaaayyy too much to ask that they actually quit wasting our hard-earned capital too quickly.

We wouldn't want to cause them too much of a hardship would we?

S