by David Downs
His last album was a little meh, but at least Sting's heart is in the right place. The Huffington Post added the rocker March 31 to a growing chorus of voices questioning the War on Drugs, a chorus that includes The Economist and even the late National Review editor at large William F Buckley Jr.
Sting says the Wall Street Journal convinced him to speak up, after he read a 2008 op-ed it published from the Drug Policy Alliance.
“It featured an op-ed that dared to say in print — in a thoughtful, meticulous argument — what everyone who has seriously looked at the issue has known for years: the War on Drugs is an absolute failure whose cost to society is increasingly unbearable and absolutely unjustifiable.
The author of that piece is a former Princeton professor turned activist named Ethan Nadelmann, who runs DPA. I was so impressed by his argument that I began reading up on the group.
Their work spoke directly to my heart as an activist for social justice — because ending the War on Drugs is about exactly that.”
Sting's now a member of the DPA, he says, and urges others to join him.
"Everyone knows the War on Drugs has failed. It's time to step out of our comfort zones, acknowledge the truth — and challenge our leaders ... and ourselves ... to change."