Pubdate: Tue, 24 Apr 2001
Source: Press Democrat, The (CA)
Copyright: 2001 The Press Democrat
Author: Terry Blakstad


EDITOR: Let's see. We have a United States surveillance plane sending 
Peruvian fighter pilots after a planeload of missionaries to shoot them 
down, thereby killing a mother and her child, and crippling the pilot.

Then, we have the Colombian army, using funds provided by the U.S. 
government, which is ignoring and seeming to condone the mutilation and 
killing of Colombian civilians with chain saws by right-wing paramilitary 
groups. All of this is being done in the name of the ever-popular "drug 
war," which costs the American taxpayer billions of dollars. It's your 
guess as to which is deadlier: drugs or the war on drugs.

All I know is that I feel much safer now.

Terry Blakstad, Willits
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