Pubdate: Tue, 24 Apr 2001
Source: Los Angeles Times (CA)
Copyright: 2001 Los Angeles Times
Author: David M. Perry


Re "U.S. Role in Peru Plane Downing Adds to Mystery," April 22: It doesn't 
matter so much that this reactionary nation of ours has spent billions of 
dollars in a futile fight against drugs. We can afford it, and anyone who 
wants illegal drugs can easily buy them. But when our armed forces 
aggressively pursue and cause the murder of innocent people whose planes 
happen to be in the wrong place, it's time to put a stop to the whole charade.

The "drug war" is an expensive and deceptive joke. Legalization, treatment 
and education are the only means by which drug abuse can be addressed 

David M. Perry

Los Angeles 
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