Einstein, insanity and the war on drugs
Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results. His definition fits Americaâ€™s war on drugs, a multi-billion dollar, four-decade exercise in futility. The war on drugs has helped turn the United States into the country with the worldâ€™s largest prison population. (Noteworthy statistic: The U.S. has 5 percent of the worldâ€™s population and around 25 percent of the worldâ€™s prisoners). Keen demand for illicit drugs in America, the worldâ€™s biggest market, helped spawn global criminal enterprises that use extreme violence in the pursuit of equally extreme profits.
In 1998, a special session of the U.N. General Assembly forecast that the illicit cultivation of the coca bush, the cannabis plant and the opium poppy would be eliminated or significantly reduced by the year 2008, a deadline that also applied to â€œsignificant and measurable results in the field of demand reduction.â€
The clock is ticking towards midnight, December 31, 2008.