Why the Drug War is a Failure.

The War on Drugs began in June 1971 when U.S. Pres. Richard Nixon declared drug abuse to be “public enemy number one” and increased federal funding for drug-control agencies and drug-treatment efforts. At the same time as Nixon declared drug war it’s been alleged that the CIA was trafficking heroin into the United States from Vietnam during the Vietnam war.

About 10 years later Ronald Reagan made the possession of crack cocaine an even heavier crime. At the same time the CIA was selling cocaine and crack cocaine to American citizens and were even caught doing so in what became known as the Iran-Contra affair. This had a huge impact in urban cities with African Americans being the most affected.

The 1980’s was also a time that saw a huge increase in for profit prisons as corporations became more interested in making money off United States prisoners. The increased incarceration of non-violent drug offenders created an environment where many grew up without a nuclear family. With many children having one or both parents in prison.

This situation increased poverty in areas that were already struggling, as well as increasing violence. The effects of the drug war also made drug dealing a very profitable, dangerous profession. The drug war is the number one factor in the creation of gangs, with violence related to drugs being responsible for almost all the mass shootings in the United States. And because drugs are not regulated it is also responsible for accidental overdoses.  

The circumstances of America’s drug war have made the United States the most heavily prisoned nation in the entire world. Since 1971 the drug war has cost the American public over a trillion dollars. This isn’t including the loss in GDP and value to the economy that those incarcerated would have provided. The history of the drug war is a history of failed policy, with a government who sold drugs to their own citizens, and then imprisoned them for it.

No one knows how much money the CIA has made off selling drugs around the world, and where all the money has gone.

New ISIS Military Training Video Released on Youtube.

(ISIS) Islamic State in Iraq and Syria , is the current terrorist group that the world has their focus on. ISIS represents the most heaviest brainwashed Muslims in the world, many of their soldiers are illiterate, but obedient and extremely violent and hostile.

Their attacks are primarily based on religion and race, the group is also known for heavy enforcement of Sharia Law and violence against Christians. This in itself breaks the Achtiname of Muhammad, which was a dictation from Muhammad to prevent any violence against Christians from Muslims and allows them to have there own laws while residing in Muslim territories.

Many Muslims in ISIS controlled areas that do not conform to their new rules (that are far worse then Sharia Law) or help support Christians, are terrorized and often killed. They often indoctrinate children and young teens into there ranks, with promise of wealth and power, or by threatening their family. Often times they are brainwashed by out of context versus of the Qur’an, and many times when asking too many questions are killed to set an example

Screenshot of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.pngISIS leaders consist of previous leaders of Saddam Husseins Iraqi Army, and Al-Queda. There are many of them with knowledge of advanced military procedures, they are heavily armed and dangerous. Their current agenda is to set up a Caliphate for their leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. There hoping to accomplish this through violence, propaganda, and fear attacks. ISIS is known for there heavy use of social media, and public beheading’s, crucifixions and the raping of many young girls in their territories. 

The CIA estimates that there are ~ 20,00 and 31,500 ISIS soldiers currently. They control very few areas in the Middle East but have gained many strategic points there. Including major Syrian oil field, al-Omar. It is the country’s largest oil field and can produce 75,000 barrels of oil daily. They estimate through oil sales, extortion, and smuggling they make about two million united states dollars a day. They have also taken many weapons from military zones, including tanks, missiles, and assault rifles.

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Sources and External Links

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_State_of_Iraq_and_the_Levant

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achtiname_of_Muhammad

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2790053/isis-releases-chilling-new-video-featuring-100-recruits-training-camp-iraq-kicked-stomach-shot-ground.html

http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/10/12/blood-of-jihad-isis-training-video-promises-recruits-they-will-leave-iraqs-battlefields-as-martyrs/

http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/08/world/isis-fast-facts/

http://www.vox.com/cards/things-about-isis-you-need-to-know/iraqi-army-sectarian-lines