Just exactly how deadly are these drugs? Let's have a look. My source is here.
|Annual Causes of Death in the United States|
|Poor Diet and Physical Inactivity||365,000|
|Motor Vehicle Crashes||26,347|
|Adverse Reactions to Prescription Drugs||32,000|
|Incidents Involving Firearms||29,000|
|All Illicit Drug Use, Direct and Indirect||17,000|
|Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs Such As Aspirin||7,600|
Seriously? The death of 17,000 entitles our government to enact policies that wreck the lives of millions of people? How would we react if we were treated like Colombia is treated? Suppose Colombia decided that they were entitled to bomb North Carolina because of lethal substances produced there. They have a far more reasonable claim since tobacco is far more lethal. Suppose further that the consumers of tobacco were mostly Colombian. How would we react to that? It isn't even a question. We'd wipe them out immediately.
And it's worse than that. Foreign countries are obligated to take tobacco and to take advertising for it or face devastating trade sanctions. Suppose that not only did Colombia bomb North Carolina but they also imposed cocaine on us and advertising for it, showing handsome people using it and extolling its virtues. The thought is like living in bizarro world, but it makes sense if you accept the logic of the drug war.