When is it O.K. to use the term “Genocide”?DML uses the closing of “Da Kine” to go over just what he means when he says that the war on cannabis users is a form of “cultural genocide”.
1) The same folks that created and funded and profited from the Nazi’s also created and funded and profited from the drug war:
2) The Nazi’s had THEIR OWN drugwar:
“Germany needs the strength of every single man for the development of its national and economic freedom. Therefore, no German has the right to impair his strength through alcohol abuse. Such action is detrimental not only to himself, but to his family, and above all, to his people.”
– Heinrich Himmler, 1938. (42)
“Rauschgiftbekaempfung” meant literally “the combatting of drugs.” It was a policy coordinated by the Reich Health Service within the Ministry of the Interior. It was part of the same bureaucratic labyrinth that included the departments of hereditary science and racial hygiene, and much of its policy-making was conducted by Nazi physicians. An unholy alliance of Nazi eugenics and American prohibition, Rauschgiftbek”mpfung unsuccessfully attempted to undo centuries of traditional social behavior. (43)
As in America, industrial hemp was being grown in Germany for the war effort. Similar to New York Mayor LaGuardia’s 1944 investigation into the effects of cannabis, the Nazi’s allowed cannabis research to continue through the 1930’s. (44) When the war began, Germany’s research ended.
Addicts of morphine and cocaine were locked up starting in 1941 by the “Reich Bureau for the Struggle against Addictive Drugs,” a project under the direction of Reich Health Fuhrer Dr. Leonardo Conti. (45) Dr. Conti also conducted medical experiments on those he locked up. He was responsible for the killing of a large number of Germans of “unsound mind.” (46)
(3) The only public mass executions for “criminal offences” anywhere in the world are for the drug war:
(4) Everything they are doing to us, the Nazi’s did to their scapegoats in the 1930’s.
Drug Warriors And Their Prey by Richard Lawrence Miller
Usenet citizens generally realize that once an agument has reached the point where “the Hitler analogy” is advanced, the discussion is over. Analogies have been taken to the limit of absurdity and there is nothing more to say. That was my immediate reaction to this book, which compares the systematic destruction of American drug users to the systematic destruction of Jews in Nazi Germany. But I kept reading. Miller builds his case slowly and carefully, and, at the moment you realize that the parallels are indeed exact, your blood runs cold, and you experience terror and dread — for your country, for what you thought were its values, and for freedom itself. The simplicity with which ordinary people can be signed up for campaigns of destruction against their neighbors is utterly terrifying. Miller follows the five-step process by which ordinary citizens are removed from the social and economic life of their nation, deprived of property, and finally deprived of life itself: identification, ostracism, confiscation, concentration, and annihilation. Mandatory drug testing has so permeated society that it is essentially impossible to become employed without undergoing it. But if drug use produces the obvious deficits in performance that we are told it does, then why are special laboratory tests required to identify drug users? If a person’s job performance is exemplary, what does it mean when we fire that person because of molecules detected in his urine? American drug users are identified and pushed out of society and the economy. What is the next step? This book will wake you up to an obscenity that has been going on right under our noses for decades. History shows that it is not too late to shake off our collective slumber and set things right. An absolute must-read for anyone interested in the long war America has been waging on a group of entirely ordinary citizens.
(5) The United Nations anti-Gencide treaty was written in response to Nazi Germany – the war on cannabis users, growers and dealers meets every criteria that the United Nations use to define genocide:
Article II: In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:
(a) Killing members of the group;
(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
(e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.
If scapegoated groups are not allowed to refer to Genocide until they are being executed in large numbers, then history is useless and we shall keep having genocides until the human race exterminates its self.
I have yet to hear a compelling argument that negates the five above points. As a half-jew I resent some people laying claim to the term “genocide” as it it were only to be used to refer to the killing of Jews (and perhaps the native peoples of North America).
I give the last word to those who watched the Vancouver Police come down hard on the pot community 35 years ago:
March 14, 1969, Georgia Straight.
Don’t carry cannabis in your car. Don’t walk around with it on your person. You might me stopped and searched at any time, not by a narc, but by an ordinary traffic cop, a cop on the beat, or one driving a paddy wagon. Quietly, without the usual fanfare, every policeman in every major Canadian city has been trained and ordered to search every young person who might possible be a head. Anyone with longish hair. . .
Genocide is a term poularized by the trials of the Nazis at Nuremburg. It’s reality is as old as history, still with us, still practiced in various forms by US and Russian imperialists. But genocide is not homocide. Consider the roots of the word: genus, type or kind, and cedere, to kill thus, to kill, not individuals, but their individualistic traits, their community, their kind . . .
Essentially genocide is the utmost expression of cultural imperialism – the practice of stripping a people of their particular cultural characteristics, and imposing on them by force the “proper way of life.” Thus in practice the powers-that-be use minimum force – arresting enough to dampen enthusiasm, but not quite enough to provoke resistance. Our power structure prefers to rule with that special mix of police terror and material reward which is the trademark of modern “democratic” totalitarianism. BRAVE NEW WORLD has been married to 1984.
And from a Gastown merchant who observed the Gastown Police Riot of 1971:
“If we don’t do something now, it’s going to be just like Germany in 1935, with people looking out from behind their curtains as the police do whatever they want.” – Vancouver Sun, Aug. 9, 1971