From Volume 7, Issue 47 of EIR Online, Published Nov. 18, 2008

Ibero-American News Digest

Colombian President: Criminalize Drug Consumption

Nov. 11 (EIRNS)—Colombian President Alvaro Uribe took the occasion of his joint press conference with Mexican President Felipe Calderón yesterday, to call for a global debate over the necessity of criminalizing drugs, instead of legalizing them.

Although Uribe did not mention him, British agent and Nazi-trained speculator George Soros is the central figure in orchestrating the global legalization campaign, and Soros's "Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy," created earlier this year, has targetted Mexico as the focus of its legalization drive. Both the Calderón government and its principal opposition party, the PRD, are playing Soros's game, submitting drug-legalization legislation for debate in the past month.

Asked by a journalist what recommendations he might offer Mexico on how to fight the drug traffickers and their violence, Uribe demurred that he would not be so insolent as to give advice to Mexico's government. Describing Colombia's own war on drugs, however, he then called for opposition to legalization.

"There is talk worldwide about the necessity of debating the legalization of drugs," he said. "The tendency in the world is to liberalize consumption.... It makes the struggle of governments and peoples against this criminal business much more difficult."

The Colombian President underscored that "this is a good opportunity to issue a call to the world on the necessity of ... proposing the opposite debate ... for penalizing drug consumption." It is not ethical, he added, "that while governments, policemen, judges, and citizens are fighting as great a battle as Mexico and Colombia are against the drug trade, simultaneously in many parts of the world, even in Colombia, my country, there be this permissiveness [regarding] consumption."

Soros Agent Lauds Ibero-America's Drug Legalization Potential

Nov. 14 (EIRNS)—Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, and leading spokesman for British agent George Soros's drug legalization agenda, is thrilled that there is what he calls a "critical mass" of Ibero-American Presidents who have publicly endorsed drug legalization for "personal" use. MDZ Online reported his remarks on Nov. 13.

The Presidents of Mexico, Argentina, Honduras, Ecuador, and Bolivia have all stated that drug consumption should be treated as a public-health issue, rather than a criminal matter. "Latin America has a crucial role to play, and should formulate a definitive proposal," for moving anti-drug policy away from the failed repressive policies used over the past ten years, typified by Colombia, Nadelmann asserts.

An important advance, he says, was the 2008 creation of the Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy (LACDD), financed by Soros's Open Society Institute, and presided over by César Gaviria, Ernesto Zedillo, and Fernándo Henrique Cardoso, the former Presidents of Colombia, Mexico, and Brazil, respectively. "This is one more proof of the development of this critical mass of leaders, committed to a change in drug policy," Nadelmann gushed.

On Nov. 11, Colombia's El Tiempo, the voice of that country's pro-British oligarchy, editorialized in defense of the LACDD, using the occasion of President Alvaro Uribe's visit to Mexico, to argue that there is no reason for Mexico to adopt Colombia's failed anti-drug policies, when the LACDD's "independent" and "multilateral" approach would be so much more effective. "It's time for a change of direction," the daily intoned.

The LACDD is preparing a document to be ratified at its February 2009 meeting in Costa Rica, and signed by 100 Ibero-American leaders. According to Nadelmann, this document will spearhead the demand for radical change in anti-drug policy—toward legalization—when the UN Special Session on Drugs takes place two months later.

Russia Offers Nuclear Technology to Chile

Nov. 12 (EIRNS)—Russia is more than willing to offer Chile the technology to build floating nuclear plants, legislator Konstantin Kosachov told Ria Novosti press service Nov. 11. The head of the State Duma's International Affairs Committee, Kosachov headed up a large delegation of Russian businessmen and diplomats, which had just met with top Chilean legislators to discuss options for strengthening bilateral cooperation.

The same delegation has spent the last month visiting several Ibero-American nations, to expand economic and commercial ties with the region.

Kosachov noted that "no country in the world" possesses the floating nuclear plant technology," and that the first such plant would begin to operate in Russia in 2010. He added that should Chile opt for nuclear energy—there is a very heated debate on the subject taking place in the country—Russia would be ready to offer its expertise in the field.

Mexico Initiates Stimulus Package

Nov. 17 (EIRNS)—Perhaps inspired by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's "bold leadership" in calling for a stimulus package for the U.S. economy, the mayor of Mexico City, Marcelo Ebrard of the PRD party, has announced that his government will give out free Viagra and other anti-impotence drugs to men 70 and older. AP quotes Ebrard saying that "sexuality has a lot to do with quality of life and our happiness." Ebrard's own age is unknown.

Some analysts believe that Ebrard's decision is also a shrewd way of maintaining overall macroeconomic (and sexual) equilibrium throughout Mexico, since the PRD has also presented legislation calling for the legalization of marijuana. As the LaRouche movement in Mexico has explained for the last 30 years: "Si fumas marijuana, no funciona la banana" ("If you smoke marijuana, your banana won't work").

The views of George Soros—the Hitler collaborator who is the leading sponsor of drug legalization initiatives internationally, including Mexico's—on the subject of the Mexican stimulus package are unknown at this time. Soros is 78 years old.

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