Softening tone, Harper concedes drug war ‘is not working’


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Softening tone, Harper concedes drug war ‘is not working’

Something is just not working with the way the hemisphere has tackled powerful and violent drug traffickers, Prime Minister Stephen Harper acknowledged Sunday as he wrapped up a meeting with the leaders of the Americas.

It was the first time Harper has suggested he is open to discussing new approaches to the war on drugs. Several Latin American countries, including Guatemala, Mexico and Colombia have called for an open and frank discussion about how to deal with the cartels.

“There is increasing doubt about whether we are taking the best approach to doing that, but nobody thinks these transnational networks are good guys, or that changing the law is somehow going to make them good people,” Mr. Harper told reporters at a news conference following the close of the Summit of the Americas.

“I think what everyone believes and agrees with, and to be frank myself, is that the current approach is not working, but it is not clear what we should do.”

The gathering of 31 leaders agreed to analyze the approach to the drug situation in a more formal way through the Organization of American States.

While some voices in Latin America and the Caribbean have suggested legalization and regulation of drugs might alleviate some of the suffering and violence in the region, others have opposed the idea.

But there is some consensus that countries such as Canada and the United States, who consume the lion's share of the drugs produced in the south, should be doing more to solve the problem.

El Salvador's President Mauricio Funes told the Latin American network NTN24 that the United States is not doing its fair share, and actually spent more money fighting leftist guerrillas during the country's civil war than it is in helping fight the cartels. More than 1,000 Salvadorans have died in drug-related violence in the past three months alone.

Mr. Harper announced funding related to that battle on Sunday.

A new Canadian Initiative for Security in Central America will spend $25-million over five years to help with the training of law enforcement agencies and the providing of police equipment.

The Prime Minister made it clear that he sees no easy solutions as to what to do next.

The Conservative government recently introduced stiffer penalties for Canadians who grow even small numbers of marijuana plants. He spoke of the wide penetration of drugs across Canadian society.

“There is a willingness to look at the various measures that can be taken to combat that phenomenon, but just in terms of simple answers like legalization or criminalization, let me remind you of why these drugs are illegal.

“They're illegal because they quickly and totally, with many of the drugs, destroy people's lives and people are willing to make lots of money out of selling those products,” Mr. Harper said.

Softening tone, Harper concedes drug war is not working - The Globe and Mail
 
petros
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With less than a month to repair Canada's med weed program before courts force legalization of all cannabis, Harper and the crew have a lot of work ahead of them in a very short time.
 
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Looks like Cuba might be getting to Harper and Obama..

Canada, U.S. scuttle Summit of the Americas statement

This year's summit was also characterized by a new sense of unity and solidarity among Latin American countries, many of whom are seeing rapid economic growth and more geopolitical clout. Santos pointedly spoke at his closing news conference about the desire for all countries to be treated as equals — a nod to the weight the United States has thrown around the region in the past.

Mark Entwistle, a former Canadian ambassador to Cuba, said the issue is not always what it seems.

"It's really less about Cuba per se for the Latin Americans, and it's more about using Cuba as a messaging board, especially by the robust regional powers like Brazil and Mexico," said Entwistle, who still travels regularly to Cuba.

"It's using the Cuba coding or the Cuba item as a means of sending a message, particularly to the United States, that their views have to be taken seriously and that they're major regional players."

Hemispheric leaders did agree, however, to formally discuss the wider issue of the war on drugs and how to deal with the crippling violence in Mexico and Central America, where homicide rates are the highest in the world.

For the first time, Harper said that something is wrong with the current approach and that a discussion is warranted.

"What I think everybody believes — and I'll be frank myself — is that the current approach is not working. But it is not clear what we should do."

Harper's main goal at the summit has been to promote Canada as a destination for trade and investment, and to support Canadian businesses as they seek new opportunities in the region. The Conservative government is trying to revitalize its five-year-old Americas Strategy, a policy of focused engagement in the region.

But Harper's presence at this year's summit was modest. He had only a handful of bilateral meetings, and did not meet with the leaders of some of the biggest countries such as Brazil and Argentina.

Canada, U.S. scuttle Summit of the Americas statement - Politics - CBC News
 
MHz
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

Looks like Cuba might be getting to Harper and Obama..

Columbia and other have probably had enough bull****. The Secret Service even tries to stiff the hookers. The leaf and the sft drink made from coco leaves is nothing compared to what the US allows (helps) to be shipped out of Afghanistan.
 
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Quote: Originally Posted by MHzView Post

Columbia and other have probably had enough bull****. The Secret even tries to stiff the hookers. The leaf and the sft drink made from coco leaves is nothing compared to what the US allows (helps) to be shipped out of Afghanistan.

We as taxpayers are buying the fertilizer for the poppies.
 
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

With less than a month to repair Canada's med weed program before courts force legalization of all cannabis, Harper and the crew have a lot of work ahead of them in a very short time.

As usual follow the US
http://www.infowars.com/obama-betray...ased-medicine/
 
petros
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Oh no...not Alex Jones!
 
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Oh no...not Alex Jones!


Mike Adams
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Monday, April 16, 2012
 
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Mike Adams
Natural News
Monday, April 16, 2012

CanLII - 2011 ONSC 2121 (CanLII)

No force no effect!
 
dumpthemonarchy
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Harper is finding that forcing a minority view on the majority isn't working as well as it used to, maybe its the net. Latin America gets the war, people here get their drugs. Been good so far for most.

Harper has a dilemma, he wants to reduce crime, but not by legalising drugs. What's a tight *** supposed to do? Blindly rise from the trenches and march into the machine gun fire? Getting tough to find enough volunteers I guess.
 
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Harper has a dilemma, he wants to reduce crime, but not by legalising drugs. What's a tight *** supposed to do? Blindly rise from the trenches and march into the machine gun fire? Getting tough to find enough volunteers I guess.

Stub your toe and get a med license.
 
dumpthemonarchy
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Stub your toe and get a med license.

More one liners that are landfill.
 
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Waste is a terrible thing to mind.
 
mentalfloss
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So is Harper going to do something about this failure?
 
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