Pubdate: Fri, 07 Oct 2011 Source: Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Copyright: 2011 Winnipeg Free Press Contact: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/send_a_letter Website: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/502 Author: Michael Dowling 'DEFINITION OF INSANITY' Reading Craig Jones's Oct. 4 article, Gang wars -- the law is to blame, prompts me to expand on his observation that gangs resort to internecine violence to protect drug profits. While I completely agree with him, the corollary is worth mentioning. Drug-related criminal behaviour is a frequent motivator for armed robbery, burglary and street muggings, committed by desperate addicts seeking funds for their next fix. The ludicrous response from authorities who call for more police and harsher penalties is shown to be without any merit when one considers that police states such as Singapore impose the death penalty for possession of more than 15 grams of heroin, and yet still execute about two dozen people a year for drug offences alone. The government's tough-on-crime stance relating to drugs reminds me of an Albert Einstein quote. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Michael Dowling Winnipeg - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.