December 20, 2005
The war to end all drug wars?
While I wouldn't normally get too worked up about an election in Bolivia, when an anti-American leftist wins based on his opposition to the failed U.S. "War on Drugs," I think it's worth paying attention. I agree with Glenn Reynolds. I'm for relegalization.
But until the other day, I had not known how desperate or how crazy the United States' efforts had become. In response to massive spraying of glyphosphate (aka Roundup) on coca fields, growers appear to have resorted to bioengineering to create a new, glyphospate proof strain of coca (Boliviana negra) which has now been replanted everywhere. In response, the United States has been trying to introduce a potent, coca-eating fungus (Fusarium) into the soil:
Last summer, documents show, anti-narcotics officials at the US embassy in Bogotá quietly approached Colombia's president, Álvaro Uribe, and asked him if he'd consider switching from Roundup to Fusarium oxysporum, a plant-killing fungus classified as a mycoherbicide. Some species are known to attack coca; in the early '90s, a natural Fusarium outbreak decimated the Peruvian coca crop.Great.
Now we threaten Bolivia with the "A-bomb" of potent mutant herbicides? Because we have a drug problem?
Excuse me, but I didn't think we owned Bolivia.
I think the Drug War stinks, and I can't think of a better way to empower anti-American commies.
What the hell are we trying to do, anyway? Transform a phony war into a real one? As I pointed out in a comment the other day, I don't think this nonsense will end until some libertarian idealist with nothing to gain resorts to a different sort of bioengineering.
UPDATE: More on Morales here:
DUBAI (Reuters) - Evo Morales, the winner of Bolivia's presidential election, branded U.S. President George W. Bush a "terrorist", in an interview with Arabic satellite television on Tuesday.But for the damned drug war, I seriously doubt that this crackpot would have ever managed to get a majority.
Blaming other countries for America's drug appetite is like blaming bartenders or distilleries for alcoholism.
Morales (a pissed off cocalero) is no more worthy of Bolivia's presidency than a pissed off bartender would be worthy of our presidency.
(Dysfunctional behavior is so damned enabling!)
posted by Eric on 12.20.05 at 07:28 PM
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