Zamfir wrote:For comparison, I like to think of the attitude of (for example) the French government to exporters of alcohol to Saudi Arabia. i suppose they don't actively support smugglers, but they won' t attach much moral stigma to the action, and presumably do not have it high on the priority list of the law enforcement agencies.
And everyone before that last step is an upright and respected citizen, whose drug fields are celebrated in tourist guides, and where the government gives every support when someone wants to build drug processing plants and transportation infrastructure to exporting harbours.
In theory, Mexico or Bolivia could adopt a similar attitude towards other narcotics. Encourage well-regulated and taxed production companies, build new highways from the fields to harbours and the US border region, then say "oops" when at the end some wrongly-labeled containers happen to turn up in the US.
In practice, this won't happen, because the US (and other countries, and quite some citizens of Mexico or Bolivia themselves) would react mighty pissed off and tell the countries to stop it. I assume that Saudi-Arabia would like to react in a similar way to French wine producers, but they lack the international cloud and backing.
The world of things that I don't know amazes me.
That would work.
Or; The Las Vagas model.
The US is so in the Red. (Well; That is what I hear.) How can a bankrupt country use money to force everyone else to do their will?
Another thing that I could understand, if, it were explained.
I am still upset that the US was able to decide on the guest list. How bad would it have been for them to have a meal with a person from a little island nation, like, Cuba?
What?! Did someone in the US think that over the main course the Cuban might say, "Hey! You! Will you get your Black Site off our island?!"
The US wants to keep the war on drugs burning brightly. But; The international laws against imprisonment and torture are not a problem?
I don't feel well and those people upset me.
Yeah. And; what this guy wrote:
In some short sighted ways, I suppose it could be argued that it's to the US's benefit. By forcing Mexico or such to spend enormous amounts of resources on fighting these cartels, and even helping them fight those cartels, the US keeps them from developing as competitors, and simultaneously ensures that they are reliant upon foreign aid. It also ensues that the US is able to maintain a forceful presence abroad.
Pretty maddening stuff. All in the name of securing the soccer mom vote and keep our prisons flush with people who sold a bag of pot.
Land of Freedom? Pot, really, is a garden plant. And; Not everyone likes it. Not everyone reacts the same to it.
The good news it that it is legal in several states.
Oh. Yuck. I have gone from being an idealist to being a cynic. I hate that. Maybe, something will happen to change my mind, again.
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