“No more drug war,” demand war’s real victims: ordinary people who have become its “collateral damage.”
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With what benevolent or malign intent it may have been originally conceived I know not, but after more than forty years of costly “failure,” the war on selected drugs has become no more than a diaphanously disguised campaign to transfer wealth to military, governmental and law-enforcement elites while insidiously melting away human rights and civil liberties, giving to increasingly unrepresentative and authoritarian governments more weapons to use in suppressing dissent.
But governments around the world are now starting to discover that warring against their own people can be costly. Starting on 25 January, millions of Egyptians converged on Cairo’s Tahrir Square to bid defiance to their dictator of three decades, the moral leper Hosni Mubarak. And in early April, the Mexican government began to get its first taste of the comprehensive exhaustion of its people’s patience: Thousands gathered in Cuernavaca to demand an end to the repression and intimidation visited upon them by Calderon’s government.
What should perhaps frighten Calderon most: “Local” protests are becoming a thing of the past. When the author of this article quips about “Cairovaca,” it is not solely because the protest on which he’s reporting reminds him of Tahrir Square; it is because that protest took inspiration and tactics directly from Tahrir, applying lessons learned in one country to the problems of another. And when that pattern becomes universal, the days of the global pathocracy must end.
The pathocrats may outgun us. They may have access to missile-spitting drones, to “smart” bombs, to the full range of military technology. They may be prepared to use nuclear weapons to preserve their ungodly dominion. But we will not live slaves, and if necessary we will see the world destroyed rather than submit and live on in a terrestrial Tartarus in which our bodies walk free but our minds are chained.