Thoughtful article detailing Afghanistan as a Drug War written by Alfred McCoy, the fellow who put heroin politics on the (relatively) popular map with his 1972 book The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia.
Former Police-man, the King of Pain himself, Sting expresses himself strongly in a public letter entitled Let’s End the War on Drugs:
For too long, the War on Drugs has been a sacrosanct undertaking that was virtually immune from criticism in the public realm. Politicians dared not disagree for fear of being stigmatized as “soft on crime.” Any activist who spoke up was dismissed as a fringe element.
But recently, I discovered just how much that’s changing–and that’s how I came to speak out on behalf of an extraordinary organization called the Drug Policy Alliance…
Their work spoke directly to my heart as an activist for social justice — because ending the War on Drugs is about exactly that.
One voice, many voices, a virtual choir, of thousands, millions, billions, singing, demanding, “Change! Change now! Change today! Change Tomorrow! Change because we won’t stand for this shit no more!” Ahhhh, yeah, I like that.