Admittedly, this is not a simple topic. Some economic analysis hints that legalizing most drug use could drop the costs and associated crimes, and end a silly waste of money that puts harmless people in jail.
Sam Harris argues that the War on Drugs has its roots in Religion — that anything that feels too good should be prohibited. I’ll leave that for you to debate with him on his forums.
Today, our nation is fighting two wars: one abroad and one at home. While the war in Iraq is in the headlines, the other war is still being fought on our own streets. Its casualties are the wasted lives of our own citizens.
I am speaking of the war on drugs.
And I cannot help but wonder how many more lives, and how much more money, will be wasted before another Robert McNamara admits what is plain for all to see: the war on drugs is a failure.