Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Thought for the day

The only difference between the Afghan government and the Cali cartel is that the Afghan government has a flag and an anthem.

-- Badtux the Snarky Penguin


  1. OT, but I just read your comment over at baseline scenario. A perfect summary of so much of what's going on.

  2. The Afganastanis have an ancient history of producing the best Hashish and some of the best opium that the world has ever seen.
    No one is going to change that with Soybeans and Oakra and farm aid.
    We may someday find a foothold there with human assistance , but will can never change who they are.
    How many "empires" have tried and Failed thru the years ???

  3. So if the Cali boys were to get a kewl banner and a catchy anthem -- I'm thinking about the world's first hip-hop national anthem -- they'd be OK!

    As for what w3ski said, the most radical thing that Western governments could do is to legalise hash and smack and GIVE IT OUT FOR FREE to registered addicts. We could pay for it with what it costs to send just one Army division to Afghanistan for one year.

    The price on the street would go to zero, the Afghan warlords wouldn't have any money to kick back to the Taliban, junkies wouldn't have to break into houses to steal shit to buy their next fix... Sure, there would be a few million people who would die from ODs or terminal constipation from the way that opiates plug up your guts. But there's too many humans on this planet anyway, and if some volunteer to take themselves off it in a blissed-out stupor, big freaking deal.

    Many problems solved in one fell swoop. Except for the howls of outrage from the prohibitionists. And the cops/prison guards who would lose their jobs. And the Taliban/drug warlords. Great combined lobby they got there...


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