DRUGS AND CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
The current debate is about capital punishment, not drugs, and conflating the two makes it hard to argue the case for either. The moment a case is made against yesterday’s killing of the Bali two, immediately there’s a tirade against the evils of drugs. Fair enough, so what do you want to debate? Drugs or capital punishment?
Okay, let’s take drugs first. Heroin, the drug the Bali two were attempting to import into Australia, is an insidious opium based substance that held back Asian development for centuries.
Drugs have always been a part of societal interaction, one of the worst and most destructive has always been alcohol.
Go to any adult party and you will find illegal drugs freely available, either for sale or use. The latest is ice and anyone taking that stuff had better be aware of its effects.
Actually everyone is already aware of its risks but bullet-proof kids still take it and they will continue to take it.
Supplying drugs is a crime but it satisfies a demand that no amount of legislation will dampen. Supplying drugs to underage kids is unforgivable.
There is a strong case for education, but there is no case for prevention... that simply can’t be achieved. So we need to come at it from a different direction. The problem with “educators” is that they are gifted a licence to misrepresent their case, just like with tobacco.
Of course tobacco doesn’t cause gangrenous limbs nor does it cause blindness or teeth to fall out and everyone can see the hideous pics are mostly those of aged animal parts.
Once consumers know they are being lied to, the message is immediately lost. It’s much better that “educators” tell the truth about drugs, including tobacco, but they never do because their budgets are far more important.
People will always die from driving cars... you can’t ban cars. People will always contract STDs but you can’t ban sex. But you can educate drivers and the sexually active with an honest message, so why aren’t the risks associated with drugs treated honestly in the same way?
The AFP causes many more drug deaths by seizing tons of narcotics. The ensuing shortage increases the street price causing amateur backyard labs to meet the demand with cheap toxic substitutes.
Kids then die from the toxic substitutes, and not from the drug they thought they were taking... there is no regulatory control.
Prohibition has never worked! Party drugs are a way of life we had better get adjusted to because people aren’t fools and have opted for these freely available party drugs rather than ingest the highly taxed, highly addictive, highly destructive and expensive alcohol.
Because I have always needed to know, I have taken every drug from acid in the 60s to ice today, but only ever in a party environment.
Cops, judges, politicians, TV presenters and doctors take exactly the same drugs at exactly the same parties yet the following morning they can be found lecturing kids as to the dangers of all drugs, indiscriminately. Is it any wonder the advice is ignored?
Ice is highly addictive and dangerous, it is causing death and misery at every level but, like alcohol, it’s here to stay and banning it will only exacerbate the epidemic.
Illegality is merely an added excitement factor to bullet-proof kids. It has a Russian roulette rate of a 70% chance of immediate addiction.
Marijuana is an anti-social weed that ranks lower than caffeine as an addictive substance and should never have been banned in the first place. And it wouldn’t have been had it been taxable... but it is far too easily grown to attract a tax. So you cop a fine instead.
Ecstasy (MDMA) is not addictive in any way but continued usage diminishes its effect leading to common overdosing which is blamed on the efficacy of the drug.
Opium is a base ingredient for other value-added drugs and was discovered in 1500 BC by the Egyptians. It’s highly addictive but rare in its original form and not a party drug.
Fantasy (GHB) is an upper and an aphrodisiac, it also is not addictive and can easily be made using nail polish remover, but the wrong dosage can prove fatal.
Heroin (horse) is no party drug, it’s highly addictive and the choice of unsociable users with a dirty syringe and a death wish.
Cocaine is giving way to the insidious ice. Basic powder cocaine is both a stimulant and an anaesthetic, it can be moderately addictive and can be made into crack cocaine in any kitchen using baking soda and alcohol.
It was formerly a Coca Cola ingredient and was sold over the counter as an elixir. The powdered form is pretty harmless if taken infrequently. Processed crack cocaine can prove lethal.
Acid (LSD) is a non addictive hallucinogen and a fungus derivative. If you like chemical infused, psychedelic, mind-altering substances, then go ahead.
Crystal Meth is highly addictive with euphoric effects of omnipotence. Stay away.
So when a Police Commissioner says all drugs are dangerous he is misleading a public needing to discriminate. We all take drugs in different forms. One bald faced lie leads to a distrust of everything that is said.
So there ya go, tear that to bits!
And so to the unrelated subject of capital punishment: People have been put to death for things like adultery since before Christ, who was guilty only of sedition. So if you’re all for capital punishment then so be it, let’s debate it but please, separately from drugs.
I listened to an Indonesian spokesman say the executions were not pretty but they were all about ridding Indonesia of drugs. Well, the Bali two were in the process of doing just that!
Their crime was intended to be committed against Australia and should have been adjudicated by Australia in which case the bastards wouldn't be dead but would already be down the pub pushing more drugs.
It comes down to whether you believe a fallible judiciary can order other fallible people to kill another fallible person. Personally I find that so final and so wrong.
And may I mention the Filipino mother of two who was in the Bali two batch to be executed. She was saved from the firing squad by minutes when another person decided to own up and tell the truth?
Hard to administer CPR in cases like that.