Lim: Junkies

HITLER massacred three million Jews ... there's three million drug addicts..I'd be happy to slaughter them."

Beyond a galling disrespect for the victims of the Holocaust and an appalling disregard for human life, the President’s words are deeply disturbing on another level. They display a gross misunderstanding of the problem of drug addiction and they imply that instituting some sort of “cleansing process” will solve the drug problem in our country.

Drug addiction has caused violence and crime to prevail in astounding numbers in our communities—and because some of these crimes are so horrific in nature, we tend to respond in the same horrific manner—we want all these junkies eliminated for good to protect our kids and our communities.

I recognize the scourge of drug addiction but I beg you to hold on a little bit longer to your sense humanity.

Drug addicts—despite the heinous crimes they may commit due to their drug addiction, are still human beings. I don’t condone their acts. I believe they should be commensurately punished for their crimes and if the death penalty is re-imposed in our country, then, they must face their fate if death it shall be.

I think it’s easy to dismiss drug addicts as scum of the Earth when they belong to the nameless, faceless herd of so-called junkies that prowl our streets but when the addict assumes the face of your son, daughter, niece, nephew, brother, sister, friend, you will not be as hasty in coming up with a “final solution.”

You will tell your friends not to judge. You will tell others he didn’t used to be a junkie, that he used to be a sweet kid, that something must have happened, because along the way, you somehow lost him.

You will grieve. You will pray. And you will fight, with the last ounce of your breath, to save this human being, from utter destruction. You will not say this person deserves to die. And no, you will not feel less pain for his victims, either. Because like them, you are also a victim. Just as your son, the drug addict, is also a victim.

We are all victims of drug addiction. We may not be the addict or we may not know anyone personally who is an addict, but we all feel the dire and destructive consequences of drug addiction.

It’s easy to say let’s kill all these junkies when they are faceless, nameless shadows stalking our streets, victimizing our communities. But when the junkie is someone you love—you will stop and beg for others to see his human face and hear his human story.

Beyond the six million Jewish people who were killed in the Holocaust, the Nazis also killed the differently-abled, members of the lesbian, gay and transgender community, people of color, political dissidents and resisters, priests and pastors, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Roma Gypsies, Communists and all others whom they considered subhuman and thus deserved slaughter.

The Holocaust was a cleansing process Hitler believed was the FINAL SOLUTION to bring about peace and progress in their communities.

Drug addiction is a disease. To effectively combat drug addiction in the long-run, the government should look upon drug addiction as a public health issue, first, rather than a crime and public order issue.

Drug addicts are sick people. They need treatment, counselling, rehabilitation. It’s a long process but it always is, to be fully human.
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