Feb 2, 2012, 7:26 PM
Post #9 of 15
I'm talking more about the cheer-leaders on forums like this... and the talking heads, politicos, corporate honchos, etc. that they listened to. If narcotics had ever really been a problem, there were plenty of other ways of resolving that issue. Or, was it "corruption", something that can also be ameliorated through long-range things like... oh... economic development, better pay and training (and maybe organizational structure) in the justice and law enforcement sector. Or was it that the the agricultural and small business economy had collapsed due to ill-conceived economic policies and "free trade agreements"? That too was dismissed. The cheerleaders never gave a thought to the social or economic or security concerns of people in NL or elsewhere, leaving the locals with no choice really. Are having human rights stomped on my the military preferable to being held prey by gangsters? Arguably yes, but there were alternatives that were dismissed out of hand in a rush to find an immediate solution to a chronic problem, and I'm very much afraid it made the situation much worse for people caught in the middle.