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#2684: Politics of Drug Certification: Kozyn comments
From: John C. Kozyn <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Merrill Smith <email@example.com>
> March 1, 2000
> The drug certification dance
> Helle Bering
Thanks much, Merrill Smith, for this post. I must admit that I love
it when the far-right and the progressive left dovetail! Always keep
'em guessing :)
Apropos the above, didn't Madeleine, oh, excuse me, _Doctor_
Albright, do the same thing the other day? I'm not sure but maybe you
or someone else knows.
You know gang, even the State Department's own 1999 Narco-Repo
ackowledges significant proactive behavior on the part of the Haitian
Government's efforts in arresting traffickers, especially foreign
ones. Just check out the table at the end of their document.
Although Merrill included way too much Mexico/Colombia info in his
post on our "Haiti" list, it was nonethless very interesting to note
the dramatic dichotomy between U.S.standards viz. narcotics-producing
countries and those which are so-called trans-shipping ones.
I think Haiti is doing a pretty damned good in combatting drug
trafficking. If the United States would do something about reducing
demand in that country and maybe persuade the Colombians to do more
to lessen production - oh, wait, they are doing that already aren't
they? - then maybe less cocaine would be floating into coastal
Haitian communities from aborted maritme or aerial transfers
prompting sensationalistic reporting from in-country foreign
reporters. I mean, if the transfer was aborted so that cocaine falls
like manna from heaven or loaves on the sea, then traffickers felt
threatened right? So, someone's doing their job, right?
Do we read this in our American press?
We do not.
Maybe Mr Chapman or Ms Baudruy et al (I appreciate your willingness
to assign your names to your posts, contrary to several media-type
lurking cowards here ;) would like to take that tack the next time
South American drug smugglers off their cargo and get themselves
arrested in Haiti.