Sunday, December 12, 2004

Opium wars
I see that the topic of Afghanistan turning into a "narco-state" has finally begun to garner some press. There's no question that drug cultivation is a major threat to Afghan democracy, since it inevitably transfers wealth, power, and weapons to a series of unelected drug pushers and international narco-terrorists. However, would it kill the press to ask, just once, where most of the drugs are going, and what might be done on the demand side of the equation? Reform of America's drug laws could go a long way toward easing these problems, since an obscene share of the world's drug production disappears up American noses and into American vains every single day. Look, you can harass dirt-poor Afghan farmers all day long, but the second your little helicopter disappears over the horizon he's going to replant the damn poppies because it pays, no matter how many times you wipe out his fields. It's a little something we like to call the market.

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