The American desire for drugs combined with a policy of criminalizing its sale and possession has not only filled jails of this nation, but it has left in its wake devastating consequences for its neighbor to the south. The United States government has exerted pressure on the government of Mexico to destroy its drug lords, but the only result has been to initiate open warfare between drug gangs and the police. In the latest episode of this conflict, drug traffickers killed seven Mexican policemen who were searching a drug gang hide-out in Culiacan. They were shot by gangsters inside the building who also threw grenades at the police. They were most probably killed by members of the gang of drug kingpin, Joaquin “Shorty” Guzman.
The drug wars have definitely escalated during the past year with at least 1,400 being killed so far this year. Thousands of police and members of the armed forces have been thrust into the battle but drug gangs appear to be equally armed.
The American people continue trying an approach which makes use of drugs illegal. Actually, drugs were legal in most of the United States during the 19th century and it was not until the beginning of the 20th that using drugs became a crime. There are an estimated 600,000 people in jail for drug offences. At some point, perhaps it is time to pursue other avenues of dealing with drugs, including legalizing small amounts that are not so lethal.
Senator John McCain has sharply criticized Barack Obama for suggesting the need to engage in discussions with leaders of nations with whom we have conflict. Both McCain and President Bush have termed as “appeasement” any effort to engage in negotiations with regimes that support terrorism. Yesterday, after Senator McCain and President Bush had a closed-door-to-the press meeting to raise money, the senator blasted Obama with the following comment: ‘You believe all we need to do to end the nuclear programs of hostile governments is to ahve our president talk with leaders of Pyongyant and Tehran, as if we haven’t tried talking with these governments repeatedly over the past two decades.”
Senator McCain’s comment is rather intriguing because he admits that President Bush has engaged in discussions and negotiations with hostile nations. But, aren’t both McCain and Bush attacking Barack Obama for supporting exactly what the Bush administration has been doing– engaging in discussions with North Korea and Iran? Why doesn’t McCain term as “appeasement” these Bush discussions? Or is it only “appeasement” when a Democratic candidate urges the nation to do what Bush has been doing? It becomes rather confusing attempting to decipher the meaning of “appeasement.”
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A list of controversial “dos and don’ts” regading sexual relations for Turkish women has been published by the Directorate of Religious Affairs. According to the much debated list(it is not law in Turkey) people should avoid having illegal etra-marital affairs and engaging in such behaviors as flirting and dating that might lead to adultery. Turkey is a nation in which some women are blatantly western in their normal behavior while others adhere more closely to traditional ways of behavior.The web site of the Directorate said “women have to be more careful since they have sexual stimulants.” It cited women who wear perfume outside fthe home as displaying immoral behavior because “Our Prophet Mohammed did not approve of women who wear perfume and fragrances outside their homes and he descried this action as immoral.”
The list in itself is an expression of free speech and one can accept or reject the suggestions. The danger lies in having the list used by men who wish to harass women who don’t follow its precepts. It is doubtful if western thinking women and men will cease flirting and dating because of a list published on a web site.
Ironically, the list of “dos and don’ts” as well as opposition to abortion would probably meet with approval by many American rellgious fundamentalists. Perhaps, Jerry Falwell and James Dobson should pay more close attention to their similarities in thinking with Muslim fundamentalists. They may have new allies in their fight against immorality and abortions.