28 January 2006


Carol at planningblog says that cocaine use should be "socially unacceptable" on the grounds that it supports criminals and terrorists in Afghanistan.

Leaving aside the question of whether the drug producers in Afghanistan are our allies or our enemies this year, it reminds me of the sign at King's Cross Underground saying something like: "giving used tickets to touts helps fund drugs and other criminal activities". That's probably true, but then so does buying cinema tickets, CDs and Manchester United shirts.

If we really don't want (some or all) Afghans to gain benefits from the drug trade, the best thing to do would be to compete with them.

Not that I'm recommending cocaine use - there are better reasons for abstaining than wishing to boycott the suppliers (though, as ever, see M Simon for some of the complexities involved)

Hang on a minute, I thought Afghanistan was heroin country...

1 comment:

Carol said...

It should be more socially unacceptable than wearing a fur coat.

I know people who go spare over women in fur coats and don't give a monkey's about cocaine users funding the Taliban and criminal militia in Afghanistan.

There is no industry there. If fur coats were widely fashionable, they could grow that luxury business and drop out of cocaine cultivation but NOOOO, better that Afghan children die than little sweet animals get made into shoes, belts, wallets, excuse me meant to say fur coats.