Pubdate: Fri, 09 Apr 2021
Source: Wall Street Journal (US)
Copyright: 2021 Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
Author: Tim Healey


Once again, we are reminded of the unintended consequences created by
the demand for illegal drugs in this country and the destruction it
has caused to democracy and good government in Central and South
America ("Rewriting History in Bolivia-and Mexico," by Mary Anastasia
O'Grady, Americas, March 29).

The demand for illegal drugs in this country fuels drug trafficking,
human trafficking, drug wars, murders, official corruption, electoral
fraud and finances the repression of democracy.

While the "woke" in this country lay blame on previous generations for
societal ills and offer to atone for perceived transgressions from the
pursuit of capitalism, they risk hypocrisy by neglecting criticism and
blame toward those in this country who have created the demand for
illegal drugs and the resulting mayhem south of our border and in our
own country.

The hard-core user, the recreational user, the experimental user and
the onetime user contribute to the demand. The user is found in every
strata of our society, in every profession and, yes, even among the

Tim Healey
St. Louis
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