Sunday, March 11, 2012
The sinister war we have forgotten – that still rages on with political blessing
Now that all the triumphalism is past on elimination of the LTTE as a threat in Sri Lanka we must seriously do battle with the war on drugs, which with the latest drug busts as evidence, is taking an ominous turn, where Sri Lanka is now an entreport in the drug trade with massive amounts of drugs entering and leaving this country from production source and on its way to destination.
Due to the greed and lure of big money, there is LEAKAGE into the country, and much of it is carried out with the blessings of well connected people, most especially those in high political office who have the power to call off raids, busts, and prosecutions, all of which are necessary to ensure the free movement of this society crippling trade and EVIL.
Why do we need to wait for this to become one of epidemic proportions before we do something about it? The numbers of addicts in Sri Lanka are already staggering.
We have plenty of evidence of what this has done to many countries in the world. Just look at the United States whose prison population is one of the highest in the world due to the mandatory sentencing of those caught peddling drugs. If I am not mistaken, 80% of those in prison there are on drug related sentences. I do believe a great segment of the prison population in Sri Lanka is also on the same wicket, though the availability of drugs in prison is also one the authorities have failed to tackle. It is therefore becoming an issue which we will NOT be able to handle.
In drug offences there are many related crimes which are hideous. You do not want a loved one to be killed just so that someone wanted Rs500 for a fix! That is all that it will take an addict to kill you for. Now take the recent Kahawatte double murders. What I can gather from the Press today is that a mother and daughter inadvertently stumbled on a stash of drugs in a neighbor’s home. The peddlers a senior government minister’s Coordinating Secretary, a PS member and his brother amongst others have now been implicated. Remember to be so blatant one MUST have political support and all politicians need a lot of money to carry out their campaigns and to pay off campaign related debts, so they get into all sorts dubious fund raising schemes including drug dealing to satisfy this craving to win.
We MUST IMMEDIATELY take all steps necessary as we now have the Armed Forces, to STAMP OUT the drug menace in Sri Lanka once and for all, as we are doomed, despite winning the war on terror. We would certainly have failed our citizens even more if we do not win the WAR ON DRUGS.