Anytime I hear of an outrageously stupid or atrociously inhumane act; I automatically wonder if substance abuse is a factor; and almost always I am proven right. People who do these things have to be imbalanced, mentally ill, or demonic for my world view to be right; and there is no better pathway or conduit to those states of being – than substance abuse.
The train bombings in Madrid, Spain keep coming up in comparison with the recent Paris attack. It is a fact that the Madrid bombings were financed directly by profit from drug dealings.
The 2004 Madrid train bombings (also known in Spain as 11-M) were nearly simultaneous, coordinated bombings against the Cercanías commuter train system of Madrid, Spain, on the morning of 11 March 2004. The explosions killed 191 people and wounded 2,050. The official investigation found that the attacks were directed by an al-Qaeda-inspired terrorist cell. These local cells consisted of hashish traffickers of Moroccan origin, remotely linked to an al-Qaeda cell that had been already captured. These groups bought the explosives from low-level thieves using money from the small-scale drug trafficking.
No doubt the events in Paris made me think about the connections between the two again. Back in the day, while attending AA and relapsing numerous times, my sponsor would call my relapses “research”. Back then the research proved that substance abuse made me for lack of more descriptive words – a bad person. Driving drunk, without too much exaggeration, could be considered an act of terrorism. Nowadays, my research is different but wields similar findings, bad things happen to people around people who abuse drugs or alcohol.
From a most interesting old school site I came upon something share-worthy. I’ll share some highlights but the whole post is worth a read.
Terrorism is tragic, whether it be a father terrorizing his wife and children or hijacked aircraft being used as weapons of mass destruction. While dramatically different in scope, there may be a common thread connecting such atrocities: substance addiction.
Consider the fact that the three most destructive terrorists of the 20th century were addicts: Adolf Hitler, amphetamine addict; Joseph Stalin, alcoholic; Mao Tse Tung, addicted to barbiturates. An obvious question is, why would those behind the atrocities of September 11 be any different?
Most serial and mass murderers have been addicts. These include Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy, Charles Manson, Ted Bundy and Richard Speck. Amphetamine addict Jim Jones didn’t even have to murder people–he was able to talk 900 men, women and children into committing mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana in 1978. Recovering addicts admit that the ego-inflating action of drugs on their brains (vastly different than the effect on non-addicts) causes them to become the world’s greatest salesmen, charmers, liars and con artists. Osama bin Laden’s reported opiate addiction may ring true and even make sense of what seems incomprehensible.
Bearing in mind that the reaction to brain poisoning varies tremendously, take a look at some of the behaviors observed in addicts. Many often:
1. Habitually blame others for their own circumstances and problems, even extending such blame to hatred of entire races or classes of people.
2. Have an inordinately large sense of self-importance, known as an “inflated ego,” resulting in a sense of being on par with God.
3. Have a sense of invincibility, evident in their reckless behaviors.
4. Have a need to further inflate their egos by wielding power over others, often capriciously.
5. Have non-substance compulsions that may be dangerous to self or others, including gambling, sex, and/or religious fanaticism.
6. Exhibit a pervasive “the rules don’t apply to me” attitude.
7. Have an extraordinary ability to hide the use of the substance or its extent from close persons.
8. Engage in actions that are destructive, including emotional, financial and physical abuse.
9. Engage in erratic behavior, often confused with mental illness or Personality Disorders.
10. Use “twisted logic” to justify their actions.
11. Are supremely good liars, including falsely accusing others.
12. Due to residual brain damage, often commit unethical or criminal acts in-between drinking episodes.
13. In some cases even commit such acts in a premeditated, methodical and systematic fashion.
Factoid – I had to double-check this : the word “assassin” is derived from “hashish” (hashashin) supports this idea. Members of the Mohammedan order of Assassins, founded around 1090 and flourishing during the Crusades, used hashish before slaying Christians.
To get the whole story – http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2012/12/where-did-the-word-assassin-come-from/
Update – Before I could even finish writing this story which I started yesterday , it was confirmed – http://www.breitbart.com/london/2015/11/17/watch-paris-attackers-hard-drugs-evidence-suggests/