The struggles to stop drug abuse and terrorism have striking similarities.
They have both abjectly failed to achieve their publicly stated goals, and they
have both brought tremendous profits to the United States.
The wars of the Empire, if we look at them from the point of view of their
publicly announced purposes, have been a complete failure. The war on drugs
has only increased prices, but not decreased production, not to mention consumption.
Cultivation diminishes here and rises there; business prospers although the
names of the owners change; one dies and another takes his place.
'War on Mucous Membranes'
The “war against terrorism,” is other great war undertaken by Washington
that is failing to bring the desired result. On the contrary, just as in the
case of the lost battle against cocaine, the only likely result of this war
is the generation of more and more terror. This is to say nothing of home-grown
terrorism [ie: Timothy McVeigh]. One might have hoped that they would grasp
the error of this strategy - that they might have grasped that their failure
is due to an ignorance of the countries and problems they are prying into. But
I dare say (or repeat, since many voices with more authority than mine have
already said it) that such wars have never succeeded to achieve their goals
by the waving of the flag. That is to say, democracies cannot be created through
force of arms; neither can drug addiction be stopped with Glifosato [a herbicide
used to destroy coca], unless they pour it onto drug users, and, is worth saying,
even this wouldn’t work. I think the point is, rathr, that these fights
have been very profitable to those that provoked them. In the case of cocaine,
the "war" is responsible for maintaining the high price of the drug,
the profits of which end up in the coffers of the country of the north [the
United States]. The blood is here, the white dust is in their noses and the
silver is on Wall Street.
With regard to the war against the terrorism, we all know that the only pretext
was to take control of petroleum. In this way, we can conclude that neither
war has been a failure, if seen from the point of view of those who provoked
them. With legalization, the war against the drug trafficking could be successful.
The fight against terrorism, never, because the United States is alone in favoring
And, taking advantage of my presence in Washington, I dare say that [President]
Uribe’s choice to be his new ambassador to the United States was a less
than brilliant one [former President Andrés Pastrana]. Something tells
me that he chose the ex-president and soon-to-be ambassador, because a good
friend of Uribe’s father (also an ex-president, Julio César Turbay
Ayala), thought Pastrana could “slide in'' to the embassy, where Pastrana
and his wife Nohra would be closer to their children. I don’t doubt that
he will evolve into his new post. The decision is over and done with. In fact,
it would have been better for the country if he had been ambassador and not
president. And, on the contrary, Luis Alberto Moreno president and not ambassador
C-SPAN VIDEO: President
Bush and Columbian President Uribe Press Conference in Crawford, Texas, August
Luis Alberto Moreno
[Luis Alberto Moreno is the current Colombian Ambassador to the United States.
Pastrana, was Colombia’s president from 1998-2002. Julio César
Turbay Ayala was Colombia’s president from 1978-1982].