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Saturday, January 04, 2003

Current TV Ad:

Nick and Norm
Nick: This whole drugs and terror thing, I mean, it's a very complicated issue.
Norm: Complicated issue?
Nick: Complicated; very complicated.
Norm: (smirk) No drug buyers, no drug money; no drug money, no drug dealers; no drug dealers, no drug murders, shootings, bribery, corruption.
Nick: (shaking head) Not that complicated.
Paid for by the Office of National Drug Control Policy:

Well, not if you're a humorless version of Dick Cheney like Norm, or a brainless pushover for a stupid argument like Nick (who looks a lot like Billy from Ali McBeal). Everytime I see this ridiculous ad sponsored by our ridiculous government, I want to scream. First off, a relatively minor point: drug murders, shootings, bribery and corruption are rarely if ever labeled terrorism, so Norm's supposed argument connecting drugs to terrorism fails on that count. Getting more serious, when you're talking bribery and corruption in connection with drugs, you're talking mainly the CIA and their supporters, especially those Reagan-era Iran-Contra operatives like Oliver North and current Bush administration officials John Negroponte, Elliot Abrams, and John Poindexter (read the book Whiteout: The CIA, Drugs and the Press for a lot more on this). Also, by refusing to negotiate with the Taliban for the extradition of Osama bin Laden, choosing instead to destroy them, the Bushies eliminated the only Afghan government which had effectively stifled heroin exports. And finally, the gist of Norm's brutal syllogism seems to be that all we need to do is to get rid of drug buyers to stop terrorism (not that drugs were in any way linked to 9/11--sort of like Iraq). So until our asinine president issues a death warrant for his own niece Noelle...well, I still won't listen to Nick and Norm.