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Mark Beatty

Similarities of the Drug and Terror Wars
By Mark Beatty
Jul 26, 2006 - 8:59:00 AM

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Dennis Kucinich thinks that the path to lowering use of controlled substances is to legalize them. He claims that the present drug war causes many evils such as: recruiting many distributors lured by high profits, extensive violence to protect this lucrative and competitive black market trade, racial profiling and erosion of privacy rights. See www.kucinich.us/issues/drugwar.php

About the war on terrorism/Iraq, many like Daniel Akaka have voted and argued that Iraq makes the United States more vulnerable by creating a negative media environment giving Al Qaeda enhanced recruiting potential and distancing any “friends” we had in the region.

About the Hezbollah war on Israel, on July 20, 2006 Neil Abercrombie voted against House Resolution 921 which supports Israeli’s military action against the barrage of Katyusha rockets.

All of these stances similarly support the “do nothing and everyone will be nice” theory of confronting evil. On the contrary, a review of history shows that doing nothing results in unconstrained wickedness: 11 Israeli athletes killed at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, 400,000 killed in Darfur, 800,000 killed in Rwanda, two to three million killed in Cambodia under Pol Pot, estimates range between 19.5 and 77 million killed in the cultural revolution under chairman Mao, 6 million Jews killed in Germany under Hitler. A better theory is, “Evil people prosper when the righteous do nothing.”

Two conversations I had further illustrate this theory about unrestrained evil. In about 1984 I had a conversation with a Cambodia woman who described how Pol Pot would “purge” those who polluted his perfect world: A spike at the end of a rope would be driven through the hands of about 20 people. This string of people would be led out of their village to a remote place where each person would be smashed in the head with a hammer. In about 1992 I had a conversation with a fellow soldier who had served in Operation Provide Comfort. The Iraqi army would clear out mine fields by having Kurdish orphans run across them. My friend’s job was to pick up the pieces of those children who were still alive. The 1985 torture death of DEA Special Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena in Mexico and the 2003 suicide bomb attack of Hanadi Tayseer Jaradat killing 19 people, four of them children, show a similar pattern of unconstrained violence.

The bottom line is that this world has bad people who want to be in control of money, other people, entire countries or, from some twisted ideology, the entire world. Their conscience is hardened and they do not mind killing one, hundreds, thousands, millions, or future billions to achieve their goals. In other words, Kucinich, Akaka and Abercrombie are naďve about how evil people can be, and doing nothing but smoking a joint will encourage more violence, not curtail it. Past generations have failed miserably in resisting evil. Now our generation is being tested. How will we respond? I hope we choose to take action against evil of all kinds, whether despotic dictators, international terror organizations, or international drug cartels.


Mark Beatty MA, THM, PHD, MBA, JD is the Republican candidate for the US Senate in Hawaii (www.electmarkbeatty.com) For Mark’s other articles see www.bestideashawaii.com.


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