Pubdate: Wed, 13 Jul 2005
Source: Chapel Hill News (NC)
Copyright: 2005 Chapel Hill News
Author: Kirk Muse
Bookmark: (Cocaine)


I'm writing about Stephen Heath's thoughtful letter, "Plan Colombia 
has not worked" (July 10).

If Plan Colombia had exceeded all expectations and all of the cocaine 
in Colombia had been eliminated, it would not affect the supply of 
cocaine or any other drugs reaching the United States. As long as 
people want recreational drugs and they are willing to pay a 
substantial price for the drugs, somebody will produce the drugs and 
somebody else will get the drugs to the willing buyers.

This is guaranteed.

We cannot keep illegal drugs out of our highest security jails and 
prisons, so how can we reasonably expect to be able to keep illegal 
drugs out of our country with thousands of miles of coastline and 
thousands of miles of international borders?

The obvious answer is that we cannot.

- -- Kirk Muse

Mesa, Ariz.
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