Pubdate: Thu, 10 Jan 2002
Source: Columbian, The (WA)
Copyright: 2002 The Columbian Publishing Co.
Author: Kirk Muse


I'm glad The Columbian published Robert Sharpe's Jan. 7 opinion, "Drug
prohibition fuels terrorism."

To be successful in any endeavor, one should do what successful people do
and avoid doing what unsuccessful people do.  This principal applies not
only to individuals,  but also to organizations and nations as well.

No other nation on the planet has been less successful than the United
States in solving its recreational drug problems.  Yet no other nation
spends more of its resources or imprisons more of its citizens for drug law
violations.  Obviously, America's drug strategy is not working.  Obviously,
we must make major changes in our drug policy or face more failure.

One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and
expecting a different result each time.  It is also a good definition of
stupidity. America's drug strategy for the past thirty years has been both
insane and stupid.  Let's do something different.

Kirk Muse

Vancouver, WA
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