Metaphorical wars are unwinnable

Posted: Wednesday, July 28, 2010

I'm writing about Bill Dillon's outstanding column: "Losing the word war"

The war on drugs is just a metaphor. A metaphor that has transformed the United States into the most incarcerated nation in the history of human civilization.

The war on drugs metaphor was created by the Nixon Administration to go after blacks without appearing to do so, according to the diary of H. R. Haldeman, Nixon's Chief of Staff, who wrote:

"(President Nixon} emphasized that you have to face the fact that the

whole problem is really the blacks. The key is to devise a system that

recognizes this." (Source: "Smoke and Mirrors: The War on Drugs and the Politics of Failure" by Dan Baum)

Based upon its original goals, the war on drugs has been a tremendous success.

Real wars are fought against other nations with armies, navies, and air forces. Metaphorical wars cannot be won.

Who is going to surrender and sign the peace treaty?

Kirk Muse

Mesa, Ariz.

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