"But war, in a good cause, is not the greatest evil which a nation can suffer. War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse. When a people are used as mere human instruments for firing cannon or thrusting bayonets, in the service and for the selfish purposes of a master, such war degrades a people. A war to protect other human beings against tyrannical injustice – a war to give victory to their own ideas of right and good, and which is their own war, carried on for an honest purpose by their free choice – is often the means of their regeneration. A man who has nothing which he is willing to fight for, nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety, is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. As long as justice and injustice have not terminated their ever-renewing fight for ascendancy in the affairs of mankind, human beings must be willing, when need is, to do battle for the one against the other."

Monday, June 04, 2007

Legalizing Afghanistan's poppies

Not as in legalizing heroin or anything like that. But this editorial hits on something that's been brought by a variety of groups as an astonishingly simple solution to Afghanistan's illegal drug trade: buy the poppies and use them to make legal medicines. If these poppies account for 90% of the world's heroin supply, why turn them into the biggest source of morphine? The farmers could still farm their crop and probably make a lot more money doing it legitimately. The Taliban would lose a huge source of revenue and support. Karzai's government would be strengthened and enriched. Do the West's State Departments have so little imagination that aerial spraying is the best they can come up with? (Silly me, questioning the State Department's imagination)

1 comment:

Ammianus Marcellinus said...

Don't you know that drugs are bad? We're in a War on Drugs, we have to do everything we can to win that war, nevermind the context and implications of pursuing it. Drugs are bad.