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Chalerm announces that drugs will be erradicated in a year

In the latest series of outright lies and mind-blowing propaganda we today can read what Police Captain Chalerm YuuBamRung, Dep PM, says on the matter of drug contravention.

As posted over at TVF:

Chalerm vows to eradicate drugs in a year

BANGKOK, 25 September 2011 (NNT)-Deputy Prime Minister and Director of National Command Center for Drugs (NCCD), Police Captain Chalerm YuuBamRung, on Saturday presided over a meeting on the practical approach to prevent drugs in the Northern Region at Dusit Island Resort Hotel, Chiang Rai Province.

During the meeting, the Deputy Prime Minister stated that he intended to root out drugs problems in Thailand, adding that efforts must start from blocking the entry of narcotics from neighboring countries, combined with heavy handed and rapid crackdown on local drug rings.

The Deputy Prime Minister stated that he was confident that the police force, under his leadership, would be able to break considerable ground in the “War on Drugs” within 12 months.

Reminds us when Thaksin in in Feb 2003 announced to eradicate drugs in 3 months – an unprecedented slaughter of civilians and mere suspects started a ‘shoot-on-sight’-campaign of extra judicial killings that ended in over 2300 dead, with more than half feared completely innocent. (1)

So with previous announcements stating that they will not – even though they claim the last campaign was supported by everyone – have another ‘shoot-on-sight’-policy one has to wonder what magical recipe they have conjured up now…and couldn’t share with the police and military earlier.

In the US the share brute of jailed non-violent offenders are there because of drug-charges. Even amongst those jailed for violent crimes a very high share is there because of their connection to drugs, often the struggle to control the sale or distribution of it. In the US they have had a War on Drugs for over 80 years.

How has it worked out so far?

Imagine the gut it takes to conjure up proposals that a government will succeed in 1 year (or 3 months) what other nations haven’t been able to to in 80 years – after spending more than the former nations BNP several times over – to stop a trade that in the end shouldn’t be a criminal act – the consumption of recreational drugs.

If the trade and consumption was legalized we would be able to reduce the prison population immensely, have higher quality control of the products (no more or less accidental overdoses) and lower prices of the goods — prices that always goes up during the governments campaigns to stamp out the trade. This would reduce the economical strain that the recreational use can put on a family of an user and prohibit that the family structure collapses with the user risking to become an abuser with reduced income and failing family structure, leading to a life of crime to support their habit.

Dear Mr. Chalerm YuuBamRung, do the right thing, open up treatment centers for the users that cannot handle the self-responsibility and allow other adults to self-regulate their usage.

September 25, 2011 Posted by | Editorial | , , , , , | Leave a comment