|American troops protecting Afghan opium|
The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman reportedly from a heroin overdose, with a needle in his arm and 50 baggies of junk found in his apartment, is newsworthy only because of his celebrity status. These overdose deaths are occurring regularly these days but usually to the faceless junkies whose numbers seem to be increasing.
In looking at the comments at the articles on Hoffman, there are many who feel no empathy, those who address addiction as a disease and everywhere in between. Some are boosting the call to decriminalize these drugs in combination with therapy as an alternative to the scourge of the war on drugs. What's generally missing from the debate is are we going to accept the fact that it is elements of our own government and especially the CIA who are involved in the drug trade? That our occupation of Afghanistan has resulted in the largest opium crops ever known. That we built the opium to heroin processing plants there. That bankers launder the money. That there is no war on drugs except against those who don't collude with the government monopoly.
Individuals are responsible for their own addictions but that does not absolve the dope pushers at the top.
So was it heroin from Afghanistan that Hoffman was using? Our taxpayer funded occupation dope? Most likely.
Hoffman's death was tragic but unless we take on the issue of how the Afghanistan 'war on terror' became a government sponsored crime syndicate's war for drug running, his will be only one... with many more to come.