Both Russian and western media have taken a keen interest in the alleged poisoning of a former UK spy of Russian origin called Sergey Skripal who along with his daughter fell ill after allegedly coming into contact with a “military grade nerve agent” in the English city of Salisbury. Currently, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is investigating the matter. Thus far, the facts on the ground tell a very different story than the official pan-western government narrative.
According to the pan-western government/media narrative, a nerve agent that could only be produced in Russia was somehow administered (the story as to how has changed multiple times) to the Skripals who were on the verge of certain death. Since then, UK scientists at the state-funded chemical weapons laboratory at Porton Down have said that they cannot trace the chemicals to any particular country, while it has also been confirmed that Russia has not produced any chemical weapons agents since 1992. At the same time, the very OPCW that is investigating the Skprial incident, confirmed in 2017 that all old chemical weapons stocks in Russia had been successfully destroyed. Now, both daughter and father are awake and talking and both are thought to be on the verge of a full recovery. It seems the “deadly” nerve agent wasn’t so deadly after all.
While all of this has been happening, the European media have been discussing a story confirming that London now has a higher murder rate than New York City for the first time in contemporary history. The murder rate story and the Skripal story may appear unrelated, until one realises that where there are drugs and where there is a drug culture, there is violent crime and depravity. In order to understand the seriousness and scope of the problem, one must understand that street narcotics are the most widely proliferated chemical weapons in the world.
The chemical weapons the world ignores
The vast majority of narcotics are chemical compound engineered to have an effect that can only be described as bellicose in nature. In The Philippines, the Shabu (meth) epidemic has created waves of unimaginable violence as drug users are transformed into violent animals who have ravaged society to the point where the problem would have consumed society if Filipinos did not elected someone like President Rodrigo Duterte, who continues to tackle the problem with to utmost dedication. Similar problems exist throughout the world, including in the United States. Indeed, Duterte has warned that the US may soon realise to its “horror” that its drug problems are even worse than those in The Philippines.
Military in origin – militant in their effect
Western militaries and intelligence agencies have a long history of involvement in the proliferation of the chemical weapons we all call “drugs”. In the 1950s and 1960s, the drug commonly known as LSD was invented by the US military and CIA. The drug was first tested on soldiers before being released to the public where its effects as a so-called “recreational drug” were monitored closely by the intelligence agencies. At the same time that the US invented LSD, they also worked on a drug called BZ which was to form part of the chemical munitions in the M43 BZ cluster bomb. So much for the “recreational” element of the drugs. The go-to drug of the so-called hippy era was actually a military grade chemical agent tested on soldiers and then civilians in order to ascertain its effectiveness in a combat situation.
During America’s war on Vietnam, soldiers were given strong amphetamines and other drugs in order to increase aggression on the battlefield. Much of this led to the unusually high cases of psychological illness among veterans returning from the war. The US drugging of its own soldiers in Vietnam was not in fact pioneering. During the Second World War, Hitler’s soldiers were given amphetamines and opiates on the battle field for the same reason.
In the 1980s, journalist Gary Webb exposed how the CIA aided cocaine smuggling into the United States and used the profits of the notorious narcotics trade to fund the Contra insurgents fighting the legitimate government of Nicaragua. Meanwhile in the US, individuals supporting the Contra group Nicaraguan Democratic Force (NDF) worked to chemically alter the smuggled cocaine into what became known as crack, before selling it on the street using their drug dealer associates. This fuelled a dangerous epidemic in major North American cities which raged during the 1980s and 1990s and is responsible for much of the urban decay associated with the era.
Today, terrorist organisations across the world run narcotics smuggling operations, often in secret alliances with the CIA, while individual terrorists in groups including al-Qaeda and Daesh (ISIS) are known to regularly take a powerful chemical stimulant called captagon, while cocaine and speed are also battlefield staples for the most violent terrorist groups on the planet.
Thus, one sees that drugs not only have war-like effects on the societies that have to contend with a violent narco-culture, but that many of these drugs were either developed, tested, distributed or internationally trafficked by military and military-intelligence organisations.
Where is the OPCW?
The dangerous narcotics on the streets of countries from The Philippines to the United States, Argentina to Indonesia, South Africa to Spain, Britain to Brazil, are the most widely proliferated chemical weapons in the world today. Because of this, there is no excuse for the OPCW not to form a task-force in order to work at an intentional level in order to try and eliminate these chemical weapons from the face of the earth.
Instead, the world turns a blind-eye to the real chemical weapons problem and instead is focused on far more obscure issues that are vastly more remote to the general welfare of the public. While the issue of the Skripals is clearly important to the families of the ill as well as to local police, it is not an issue of genuine international relevance, not least because there is zero evidence that there is an international component to the apparent attempted murder. Yet the Skripal incident has received vast amounts of coverage while the more burning chemical weapons proliferation issue – that of dangerous narcotics, remains ignored except in The Philippines.
Duterte’s stand against chemical weapons
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is fully aware of the connections between the proliferation of narcotics, the prevalence of violent crime, the financing of terrorism, the empowering of crazed terrorists and the need to protect society from all of these intertwined dangers.
Far from labelling Duterte a “human rights violator”, the UN should put Duterte and his colleagues in charge of programmes to eliminate these chemical narco weapons from the entire planet as thus far, it seems that few outside of Duterte’s inner-circle are even able to acknowledge the problem, let alone propose concrete measures to stop it. For anyone who wonders why at times the fight against narcotics is violent, one only needs to remember that the sources of many of these drugs were military grade laboratories. Trying to arrest someone on military grade narcotics is often difficult as these chemical weapons were specifically designed to increase levels of aggression and impair normal rational behaviour, including one’s conscience. Naturally, police cannot take changes in such situations as Duterte has stressed repeatedly.
While the murder rate in London soars, having been fuelled by a violent drug culture, the powers that be are more interested in their obsession with the Skripal incident than they are with tackling the real chemical weapons problem of drugs fuelling the criminals who then commit murder on an epic scale in the streets of London and other cities.
Perhaps the reason that western elites are so reticent to tackle the drug problem which endangers ordinary people more than any traditional military threat, is because narcotics use has become so common among the elite, that they are afraid to speak out against a drug culture that they themselves are a part of? At minimum, one must hold these elites responsible for presiding over a sickening normalisation of drug culture throughout Europe and North America.
Once again, both as the former Mayor of Davao and as The President of The Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte stands alone as a man who is able to understand the full implications of the drug culture while also being alone in formulating a tough response to a war that has been declared on us all.