Pubdate: Mon, 11 Mar 2002
Source: Daily News of Los Angeles (CA)
Copyright: 2002 Daily News of Los Angeles
Author: Rick Root
Bookmark: (Terrorism)


Well, someone has to speak up and point out the obvious when the king has 
no clothes. Bill Hamburg sees a three-piece suit where the nakedness of the 
war on noncorporate drugs is clear ("Terrorists and drugs," Public Forum, 
March 3). While he may agree with the drug war-speak that claims smoking a 
joint is the moral equivalent of flying a jetliner into a skyscraper, I 
doubt he's considered that the drug war acts as a protection racket for the 
grossly inflated profits made off simple garden products.

As concerned as I am over the vast loss of freedoms that can be associated 
to the drug war, I am even more concerned over the use of emotion-evoking 
propaganda to help shape a political policy. It's a slippery slope that a 
freedom-loving people should see avoided, lest it become habit.

Rick Root, Westminster
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