Tears Of Rage

Americans lose patience with Panama and with a failed drug policy

His timing was not the best. "The tide of battle has turned, and we are beginning to win the crusade for a drug-free America," Ronald Reagan declared last week at a White House conference on drugs. Yet as the confrontation escalated between the U.S. and Panama, and thousands of police gathered for the funeral of a New York City officer assassinated by a drug gang, Nancy Reagan took a tougher line. "Drugs are tearing our communities apart," insisted the First Lady. "If you are a casual drug user, you are an accomplice to murder."

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