In the past year or so my fellow teachers and I have noticed an increasing number of students becoming addicted to heroin. When I was their age, heroin was for rich people or crazy people–or both. If you wanted to get high you smoked pot or drank Bartles and Jaymes wine coolers. Now even the poorest kids where I teach get their hands on smack. Courtesy of…the US government!
As Abby Martin points out here:
…the US is sitting on the largest supply of dope in the world. As Ron Paul said, ““[Drug trafficking] is a gold mine for people who want to raise money in the underground government in order to finance projects that they can’t get legitimately.” That goes not just for the spooks in Langley but also global banks that make a killing investing profits from the dope racket.
Two hundred years ago, the world’s great empire was in a trade deficit with China, thanks to its addiction to tea. China didn’t want anything the British had to offer, and required they pay for the tea with silver. To get some of their precious metals back, the British became drug lords deluxe and began importing dope to China. When the Chinese made the drug illegal, Britain blasted their way into the country and forced the Chinese to become dope fiends at gun point. It was not a war against drugs but a war for drugs. As America pursues its own imperialist drug pushing, I wonder who the target is this time–and I think of all the poor, disillusioned kids at my school and elsewhere. Who pays? Who benefits?