Monday, May 21, 2007

Coca cultivation in Peru

Via Plan Colombia and Beyond: the Office of National Drug Control Policy released a statement that coca cultivation in Peru increased 17% from 2005 to 2006. After mentioning how evil cocaleros are, it ends with the following statement:

The Alternative Development program offered assistance to farmers who accepted programmed eradication. This direct link between alternative development and programmed eradication has proven to be a major success and model for subsequent alternative development project implementation.

Exactly what examples of “major success” do we have? If there are successes, then everyone has been very good at hiding them. The press release chooses not to mention that people in the U.S. keep taking cocaine in large quantities. It’s just easier to blame the Peruvians.


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