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War on drugs v. War on terror.

These are both wars on an ideology. The war on drugs has never been won and will never be won. Neither will the war on "terror" in my opinion.

My questions are, Do you think the war on terror will ever be won? Do you see the correlation between the two wars? Can you explain how a war on an idea can be won? And how long do want us to keep fighting those wars?



Asked by JackalsWife at 12:11 PM on Jun. 20, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • I completely agree with you. It's silly to go to war over an idea. Even if we destroyed all drug-manufacturing items and all terrorist factions, people would find something else that gets them high and would start new terrorist groups.

    Answer by caitxrawks at 12:20 PM on Jun. 20, 2009

  • Both of these so-called "wars" are only fought by our Government to the extent that what is derived is beneficial for its agenda. The war on drugs has been a losing war, great for propaganda on one hand and great for the pockets of the few who benefit from it on the other. The U.S. has really done nothing much more than make a small showing to keep the war on drugs moving, while at the same time permitting growing, manufacture and smuggling. Marijuana growing and trafficking is as much a part of our economy as it is a huge part of Mexico's economy. When you consider the small percentage of people who actually are arrested as opposed to the billions over the years poured into the war on drugs, how can it be justified? The U.S. gains millions every year resulting from forfeitures and cash confiscations, while millions more in profits are returned to the Mexican economy from sales in the U.S.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:38 PM on Jun. 20, 2009

  • Both are a loss. Seems we declare war on things just to make the politicians look like they are doing something and throw money at.


    Answer by Friday at 12:41 PM on Jun. 20, 2009

  • The 'war' on terror should not be stopped. We need to understand that there are HUNDREDS of militants in all walks of life and religions that would harm any number of people in the name of their god, because of our way of life. You can rename it if you want, call it protection from man made disasterists or something, but backing down would be a sign of weakness. Not a good idea. Con't

    Answer by lovinangels at 12:54 PM on Jun. 20, 2009

  • Both the war on drugs and the war on terror began with the Gov. planting the seeds of fear. In reality hemp was made illegal only because the lumber industry lobbied the Gov. in light of the fact that many products manufactured from wood products could be produced from hemp, which would have resulted in huge lost profits. Our Gov. greatest concern is not for the citizens and any potential harms that the people may experience, but rather the detriment that corporations might suffer. It is unbelieveable how unbalanced the claims are about marijuana when you listen to some of the pharma commercials on TV setting out side effects from drugs they are peddling to the population--the drug itself no longer is the cause of death, but merely a potential side effect--the result is to take the fear factor out of the equation in order for pharma sales to reap big profits.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:54 PM on Jun. 20, 2009

  • As far as the war on drugs is concerned, well, I feel like that has been a waste of time and resources.

    Also, we are literally wasting a truly miraculous gift- go ahead and laugh, but hemp and weed have hundreds of good solid uses that are all but ignored because of the stigma involved. If weed was discovered today it would be a medical miracle, but the war on drugs has tainted it.

    And no, I don't smoke, so save your insults.

    Answer by lovinangels at 1:02 PM on Jun. 20, 2009

  • The war on terror, like the war on drugs isn't in reality about protecting the people, it is about profits and the corporations involved in promulgating war and conflict. No fear, no war, no profits. Sad, but the almighty dollar and big profits and bonuses are what is really important. First, the Gov. must have the people react--the people need to feel that what the Gov. is doing is right and just, they must be given a good reason--open the door for your mystery date--FEAR! This is exactly where we find ourselves now. There is a big difference between those who are working covertly with our own Gov. and being paid to create fear for an agenda and those who have resolved themselves to the fact that the only way to be heard is through violence. The real terrorists are created by our own Gov. and the citizens harmed are expendable, their deaths justified in the eyes of the citizens by referring to them as heros.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:05 PM on Jun. 20, 2009

  • Funny, I just replied to a post about this in another group. There will always be terrorism, and there will always be people who have more than others in terms of wealth but there should NEVER be people living on less than a dollar a day. There should never be people living without clean drinking water, when we play in parks of it year round. There may not be a way to eradicate those two things completely, but there is a way to scale them down greatly.


    And yes, the "war" on terror in intertwined with the war on poverty. People will always fight or lash out when they feel they've been wronged or see injustices going on around them.


    Answer by SRiveroC at 1:27 PM on Jun. 20, 2009

  • As long as there are people, there will be extremist and terrorists. As long as there are people, there will be a drug trade. Drug dealers and drug users. we need to find a way to minimize the problem .

    Not interfering in other countries is one way, showing good faith on our part by not doing the things we ask others not to do is a start .

    Legality of drugs never stopped or started anyones drug use / abuse. Poverty is the biggest motivator for drug use, as well as depression and lack of education. Knowing that, we need to work on THOSE problems to minimize the drug problem in America.


    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 3:18 PM on Jun. 20, 2009

  • Both the war on drugs and the war on terror began with the Gov. planting the seeds of fear. ???
    219 Marines, 18 sailors and four soldiers who died in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1983; the 198 people killed in the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing near Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988; the 168 people who died in the 1995 Murrah Federal Building explosion in Oklahoma City, Okla.; the 19 airmen who died at Khobar Towers in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, in 1996; and the 17 sailors who died on the USS Cole in Yemen in 2000. and all the other attacks thats quite the "seed"

    Answer by Carpy at 3:39 PM on Jun. 20, 2009