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Colombia declares war on Kate Moss

This is pretty ridiculous.
Colombia’s new advertising campaign in Europe is apparently a variation on the ONDCP’s Superbowl terrorism nonsense (smoke pot and you help terrorists kill people). The difference is they’re personally blaming Kate Moss for people dying in Colombia.
Here’s one set of quotes from Colombia’s Vice President Francisco Santos:

“To me it’s baffling that somebody who helps cause so much pain in Colombia is doing better than ever and winning more contracts than ever,” he said.
“And I never once heard her say ‘I’m sorry’. When policemen, judges, journalists, common men and women are dying every day because of (drug-related violence), that hurts.
“We need to tell Europeans that that line of coke they snort is tainted in blood.”

Let’s see now. The DEA seized 1,098,523 kilograms of cocaine since 1986. That’s 23,000 times Kate’s body weight and still just a small amount compared to all of the cocaine on the market. Kate may be a pretty major coke-head, but she’s not gonna make a dent in that.
So Kate could quit. All the supermodels and celebrities could quit. And you’d still have violence in Colombia.
But legalize and regulate? You end the black market profits, and the violence. The blood is on the hands of political leaders like Santos — not in Kate’s nose.

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