International Writers Magazine - Our Tenth Year: Comment
James Skinner on the reality
of drug crime
The worldwide campaign against drugs is just not working and has
not been for decades! If kids and a few million grownups in
the Western world continue to indulge secretly in the
habit, there isnt a hope in hell in stopping the incredible
world of traffickers, pushers, peddlers, pimps, prostitutes, sick
politicians, corrupt cops and a vast variety of other dealers that
continue to loot the world of decency. Sooner or later they are
going to destroy the whole planet.
Forget about financial
crisis, global warming, deforestation, oil prices, sick stock markets
depends on your views corrupt bankers, photo-seeking politicians,
cash for clunkers, swine flu and hundreds of other menacing
nasties that could affect our pension funds. Forget about
your noisy neighbour who wont shut up that damn dog of hers, forget
about the boss hollering at you because youve added a 0
to the companys bank transfer by mistake, forget about your tutor
at college because he or she thinks youre an ignorant slob and
has torn up your thesis on the sexual revolution during the Napoleonic
wars, forget it all! If we dont legalise hard drugs and cannabis
so that the users out there dont have to scrape the bottom of
their soul to pay through the nose pardon the pun - for that
never ending piece of white or other coloured shot and protect them
by law, the whole lot of us are doomed!
Just take a look around you and pick out the most important hot trouble
spots in the world and what have you got? Drug related hyper-problems.
Im not going to go into the details of the war in Afghanistan,
nor the civil war in Colombia, between the government and FARC, the
Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. We all know that
in both cases, the bottom line is an armed conflict to stop drug trafficking.
One has a hold on heroin and the other on cocaine. Between the warring
factions, the 7th Cavalry and all their allies on the one hand and the
dealers in the East and Rambo-style forest hoppers in the West, you
have a vast empire of pushers of all kinds ranging from the drugs themselves
to arms and people; yes! Human beings that are being smuggled across
continents to either fight or open their legs! Thats the real
truth of the matter in this stinking world of drugs that weve
been living in for decades.
Here is where I backtrack.
The first time I heard about drugs was at a very tender age when I went
to see a movie called The man with the golden arm
starring dear old Frank Sinatra and a luscious and very young Kim Novak.
The story is pretty simple. An ex-junkie, who was a sharp shooter at
playing poker whilst under the influence of heroin is lured back to
dealing cards by a gangster who keeps waving the shit in
front of his face. The film was made in 1955. In those days, drug addiction
of this kind was nowhere near my neighbourhood let alone the vast majority
of cities in the world, including the USA. 16 years later, another Oscar-winning
movie called The French Connection, once again splashed
across the screen the underworld of heroin pushing, but this time with
a hint at it being creeping in what was an innocent Europe, still recovering
from the effects of WWII. But alas! We mustnt forget the Vietnam
War, that dreadful mistake of massacring millions of innocent Far Eastern
citizens as well as thousands of Yankee servicemen who lost their lives
as they intermingled with all kinds of drug soothers to
stop them from going bananas as they flew around in their choppers
spreading lead, fire and dynamite across acre upon acre of civilian
life. Who can forget Apocalypse Now? To end it all
we have the modern version of shit peddling in Traffic
whereby an innocent and idiotic father acted by Michael Douglas is leading
a cause against drugs whilst his own daughter is selling her virtue
for a shot. A parallel story in the plot is taking place
in Mexico where Benicio del Toro is being shot at trying to stop the
bad guys smuggling the powder across the border into the USA. Ironically
the whole area of John Waynes El Alamo has, in real
life turned into a new war zone no different to Kabul or Bogota. Decapitations
are the order of the day between rival drug bandits whilst thousands
of cops and troops from both sides are shooting it out with the bad
The reason Im suggesting the legalisation is because Ive
started writing a second novel, Purple
Maiden that deals with the drug trade on my own home ground
and during my research into the historical background the information
that I have uncovered dwarfs everything I have read, seen or suspected
in the past on the world of drugs.
Galicia, where I live is in the North Western region of Spain, far away
from the crowds of the Costa Brava or the Costa del
Sol. It is green, mountainous, blessed with beautiful fiords that
face the Atlantic Ocean, moderate climate and populated by Celts who
play the bagpipes and speak a different language to that in the rest
of the country excluding Catalans. But alas! Like the Kyber Pass,
it is also the gateway into Europe for cocaine traffic from South America.
It has been for years. Not a day goes by without the police arresting
the odd bunch of criminals trying to smuggle hundreds of kilos of the
white stuff into the country by all kinds of methods under
the sun. From fast speedboats, to homemade submarines, from containers
to fishing boats, you name it, its been tried. As I continue to
investigate the historical background, the more I am convinced of my
theory. Legalize it and tax it.
The USA should take the lead by allowing acres and acres of land to
be turned into hashish, poppy and coca plantations. Special horticulture
shops should be given licenses to operate throughout the country that
offer marijuana, cocaine and heroin no different to any other herbal
product available at the moment. The government could then introduce
laws and taxes similar to those that presently ban or discourage smoking
and proceed with anti-smoking campaigns but orientated towards drugs.
Think about it. It may take a couple of generations to cut the habit,
it may not reduce drug addiction entirely, it will certainly support
anti-drug associations and other similar organizations fighting the
consumption of the shitty stuff, but one thing is certain though. The
warlords in faraway lands that presently have the monopoly will have
a devil of a hard time trying to compete in marketing and pricing let
alone transport and other costs.
Goodbye Taliban and Pancho Villa and other terrorists that live off
the rotten lives of millions of junkies around the world.
© James G. Skinner. September 2009.
jamesskinner at cemiga.es
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