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The six idiots of the bloody drug war
By Elson T. Elizaga, January 30, 2020. Published in Mindanao Gold Star Daily.

César Gaviria, the former President of Colombia, became a superstar in 2017 when President Rodrigo Duterte called him an idiot. But there were two others: Ernesto Zedillo, and Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former presidents of Mexico and Brazil, respectively.

Four idiots. Images from Wikipedia.
The author of the photo of Cesar Gaviria is Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores from Perú. Those of Ernesto Zedillo, and Fernando Henrique Cardoso are Victor Bugge, and Agência Brasil, respectively. The photographer of Leni Robredo's image is King Rodriguez, Malacañang Photo Bureau. Photos published in Wikipedia. Philipp Dettmer is the founder, CEO, and head writer of Kurzgesagt and the author of the book Immune.

Together, the three idiots announced that the drug war in their countries were flops. In an article published by the Los Angeles Times on March 11, 2016, two months before the Philippine election, they proclaimed, "Outdated drug policies around the world have resulted in soaring drug-related violence, overstretched criminal justice systems, runaway corruption and mangled democratic institutions."

In 2013, a German moron named Philipp Dettmer founded Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell. Kurzgesagt, pronounced "kurzgesagt", is a "German animation studio … The studio's YouTube channel … discusses scientific, technological, political, philosophical and psychological subjects." Kurzgesagt has 10.1 million subscribers, mostly drug addicts. Its staff has 25 crackpots.

On March 1, 2016, before the three idiots of Latin America released their opinion on the drug war, Kurzgesagt uploaded a six-minute video in YouTube called "Why The War on Drugs is a Huge Failure."  The show has received 7.1 million views, and has been translated into 44 languages, including Chinese, Arabic, Japanese, Hebrew, Russian, Polish, Spanish and Filipino."

A portion of the English subtitle says, " … The War on Drugs is a huge failure, with devastating unintended consequences. It led to mass incarceration in the US; to corruption, political destabilization, and violence in Latin America, Asia, and Africa; to systemic human rights abuses across the world.1

"It negatively affected the lives of millions of people. All of this while we waste billions of dollars every year only to create and fuel powerful drug cartels while the goal of the War on Drugs seems less achievable than ever: a world without drugs. How could this happen?"

The Kurzgesagt video names seven references, one of which is the 162-page "World Drug Report of 2015" published by the imbeciles of the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC), a year before the Philippine election. The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) must have seen the UNODC report, or at least the Kurzgesagt video. But no one convinced Duterte to use these documents.

We know because on February 20, 2016, Duterte Harry vowed to end crime, including the illegal drug trade, in "three to six months."  Repeat: Three to six months. For 7,500 islands.  Everyone knew no country had succeeded in stopping illegal drugs in such a short period, not even the US. The goal was suntok sa buwan.

But, hearing this political sales talk, and rallied by sex instructor Mocha Uson, millions of Duterte fans cheered. They were awestruck, mesmerized, spellbound. Flipping the pages of their Bibles, 7,000 fundamentalist pastors even compared Duterte to Moses and Nehemiah. Thank you, Cambridge Analytica.

After Duterte won the election, newly appointed Philippine National Police Director General Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa boarded a plane to Colombia to learn how to turn a drug war into a dead duck. He was clearly in the dark about Kurzgesagt, the UNODC report, and the three idiots. Bato left in September 2016 and returned to the Philippines that same month, when Duterte compared himself to Adolf Hitler and promised to kill three million drug addicts. During a presscon, Bato claimed he was impressed by the effective drug war in Colombia. In other words, after spending only a few days in Colombia, he discovered he knew better than César Gaviria.

Bato was also convinced he was more informed than Duterte and the certified bobo Vice President Leni Robredo. While Duterte has declared the drug war a fiasco, and Robredo has given it a grade of 1%, Bato publicly disagrees. And reasonably so. Because Robredo is the 5th idiot. End


1 Kurzgesagt video references:

  1. Nixon on the War on Drugs
  2. The Balloon Effect explained
  3. The Economics Behind War on Drugs
  4. World Drug Report of 2015
  5. Black Kids Get More Often Arrested for Drug Offenses
  6. Racial Disparities in Incarceration
  7. Global Supply of Drugs
  8. Four Pillars Drug Strategy
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