Colombian Narco-Guerrillas?

Tony Abdo aabdo at
Sat Feb 24 21:52:21 MST 2001

I haven't read the book, Josh, but it fits in perfectly with the
campaign to justify interventionism underneath a 'War on Drugs' theme.
I think that this concept of the 'Colombian Narco-Guerrilla' has been a
particularly effective campaign of the US ruling class.

Most of the American population now sees the question of Colombian
intervention as a necessary battle for the future success of the 'Drug
War', which they support.     This approval of interventionism against
the 'Narco Guerrilla', comes from the overwhelming majority of liberals,
too.     How sad.

One has to ask why that is so, and what could be done to change things
fast, since the US government is fully preparing for an extermination of
the Colombian opposition?

I believe that the answer lies in the failure of the Socialist Left to
fully oppose the 'Drug War'.    Only the Libertarians have done so, and
only for the reason of supporting 'individual freedom'.     But
socialist opposition should be much deeper than this, yet it has hardly
surfaced at all, out of fear of being marked as pro- drug use.

Why oppose the 'Drug War' besides supporting individual right to decide
what individuals put in their own bodies?     We should oppose this
militarization campaign, precisely because it is just that.... a
campaign for war on poor people and minorities, and a campaign to
support foreign military interventionism.

Socialists are against excessive and dangerous 'drug use',  yet also
opposed to 'Drug War'.     However, every US socialist organization that
I know of, has been inarticulate at best, and silent at worst, on
building opposition to this effort to criminalize the supposed
immorality of others.

Opposition to 'anti- drug warriors' has to be more concrete, to be
effective.     They have to be opposed as the racsit, terrorists that
the moralizers really are.     These are people that have supported
locking people up in jail for life for essentially nothing.     This is
terrorism against the poor and young, and needs to be opposed as such.

The anti- drug warriors are racists, and need to be opposed as such.
'Miami Vice' with Don Johnson  was an extremely racist program, that set
the foundation of why the US population is so utterly confused about the
real issues in Colombia.     If the Left had opposed the 'Drug War', it
would have been raising a stink about this TV program.    But instead,
the show went on unopposed for years, spreading its racist imagery
against Colombians.

A lot of damage has been done, but how to reverse some of it?      I
believe that what is needed is two pronged.
1) To build a national movement against US interventionism in Colombia
and other South American countries.
2) To build a movement to de-criminalize US drug use, and to support
amnesty for the victims of this war that remain incarcerated.

It is a key part of this, to vocally demand de-criminalization of drugs,
and drug use.

Not the church, not the state.     Let people themselves, decide their
own fate.     Does it ring a bell from an earlier campaign supported
(and still supported) by the International Left?

If the Left does not reverse its silence and inactivity about this
issue, Colombia and the streets of US inner-cities might very well not
be the only parts of the globe where this motive for US military
interventionism is used.

Tony Abdo

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