Eric asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 1 decade ago

Does Colombia have the right to spray herbicides in Kentucy and North Carolina?

The #1 killer drug in the world is tobacco. Nothing else comes close, but the distant second substance is alcohol. As part of Plan Colombia, the US is backing the aerial spraying of herbicides in Colombia to eradicate coca crops. However, the herbicides don't discriminate between coca and bananas, and people in the region are rightly upset when "innocent" crops are destroyed and concerned about health and safety issues. If the US has the right to spray these herbicides in Colombia, then don't the many countries that are often forced to accept US tobacco into their markets have the right to destroy the tobacco growing in Kentucky and North Carolina?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Excellent point. As a person born in Vietnam, I saw first hand the devastation that herbicides did to the people and environment. I now live Colombia, and the same government (USA) that participated in the devastation of Vietnam's environment is now doing the same in Colombia. The Agent Orange campaign in Vietnam was a total failure and so is the spraying in Colombia - in fact more coco is be grown now than ever before. American should wake-up to the fact that hundreds of billions of dollars are being wasted in Plan Colombia and redirect that money on drug education and rehab in America.

  • 1 decade ago

    Coca is a mileniun plant; it has a grand importance to the South American Natives' culture. Micro-businesses in Bolivia, Peru and Colombia that use the legendary coca leaf in manufacturing medicine, soft drinks, soaps, chewing gum and other products. Like always the United States want to control pharmaceutical market and they want to eradicate the coca per its pharmaceutical benefits than its production of cocaine. Don't be ignorants and read the benefits of the coca leaves.

    COCA IS NOT COCAINE

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Oh my....you're too funny. I've seen deprived smokers, and I wouldn't recommend touching any of their tobacco. I also believe their brethren in other countries would join their cause. Now that could get ugly.

  • Grist
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    1 decade ago

    The US would have to agree, and tobacco would have to be classified as the main source of an illegal drug.

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  • 1 decade ago

    you must be a tweeker.

    Columbia lets us spray there coca fields because we would stop foreign aid to them if they didnt.

  • 1 decade ago

    nope

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    stick to hugging tree's drug addict

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