Pubdate: Fri, 04 Jan 2002
Source: Wichita Eagle (KS)
Copyright: 2002 The Wichita Eagle
Author: Dave Michon


Charley Whitworth ("Opium terror," Dec. 30 Reader Views) wants to bomb the 
opium flowers in Afghanistan with "daisy-cutter" bombs out of B-52s. Odd, 
since almost none of our heroin originates there. But it feels good, 
doesn't it, to talk of bombing drugs in faraway lands?

Quite appropriate to use bombs in a drug war, I think; no doubt, we've done 
so in Colombia. But the United States suffers 400,000 deaths a year from 
tobacco and 110,000 from alcohol. And just 5,000 from heroin and cocaine -- 
and that number is unreliable!

Seems we have our missions mixed. The United States is the largest drug 
exporter in the world with its amber waves of tobacco and shining seas of 
alcohol. It looks as though we should be bombing ourselves -- if drugs are 
really the issue, that is.


Eau Claire, Wis.
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