Political Assassinations

AFP reports a number of political assassinations:

In Baghdad a police chief, Lieutenant Colonel Ahmed Obaiss, was gunned down along with two of his companions as they drove through Darwish Square in the Al-Saidiyah neighbourhood according to hospital sources . . . Another police chief was killed south of Baghdad, said security sources. North of the capital, gunmen shot down the son of a tribal chief as he left a US base in Balad, said police Major Adel Abdullah. The man was identified as Hamad Suhail, the son of Sheikh Suhail Ahmed, the head of the Al-Makadima tribe around the town of Al-Dujail. A contractor was killed near Tuz as he drove to Tikrit and roadside bombs killed an Iraqi soldier and a civilian near Duluiyah and Baiji, security sources said. ‘

Just Like Weirdharold was told in Egypt, “Get involved in poltics and they will find you behind the sun” posted by Juan cole @ 3/11/2005 06:24:00 AM Click here
Author: harold

e-mail from a member

A member e-mailed with these thoughts:

I loved your recommendation on treating drug addiction. My family got
up in arms when I labeled people being treated for diabetes as “drug
dependent”. That term shouldn’t carry stigma. But to be totally accurate
anyone who is taking medications long-term [or indefinitely] for a
medical condition is drug dependent. Reserving this term for recreational
[optional] users can only be for purposes of stigmatization. I openly
admit my own drug dependency for asthma. Considering that I run 50 plus
minutes per day and eat rather healthily, there are some dependencies
that can’t be avoided. I also mention that some misleading advertising
for pharmaceuticals are at least partially justifiably because of the
widespread stigmatization that drug use [even of meds] can carry.

Weirdharold’s approach:

Some people can take addictive drugs for long periods of time without becoming addicted Check this out

At the same time others get a felling from the drug they cannot resist and continually go back for more. The people that love these addicts think the way to resolve this issue is to keep the drugs away from the addicts/alcoholics when nothing could be more false. These actions create our drug policy laws. They are very popular because they see somebody not using or drink and think he has recovered. This is again false. When the addict gets into trouble via drinking or using people think keeping drugs away from him/her is the answer. The addict felling badly from the punishment and the conflict says what hell and continues on with his addiction, thus our drug policy. This is from a text of book used by a fellowship that does not wish to get into drug and alcohol reform:

“In our belief any scheme of combating alcoholism which proposes to shield the sick man from temptation is doomed to failure. If the alcoholic tries to shield himself he may succeed for a time, but usually winds up with a bigger explosion than ever. We have tried these methods. These attempts to do the impossible have always failed.”
Author: harold