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Modeling the war on (some) drugs.

February 18, 2009

Can a political statement be made through modeling? Yes, of course, modeling is a form of art and as with all forms of art it can be used to make statements of any kind, not only political.

This is the first time I have chosen to make such an statement through a model. I was born and raised in Colombia, that country famous for producing 80% of the world’s cocaine. A defining circumstance in my life was to grow up living a set of policies known as the war on drugs. This set of policies were initiated by Nixon in 1971, long before I was born, and comprise both foreign and domestic U.S. policy related to the production, possession and consumption of substances that have been declared illegal.

Why some drugs are illegal while others like tobacco and alcohol aren’t is the subject of another, lengthy debate, but to shorten my statement I will just say that it is my belief that the war on drugs is a waste of time and resources. After 38 years not only has it failed at reducing consumption of illegal drugs in the U.S., it has also failed at reducing the production of such substances in countries like mine. What it hasn’t failed at is at making a bunch of people really rich, from drug dealers to government agencies.

This is what this model is about. I decided to model the AH Hellhound from Patlabor 2 as a helicopter in service with the Colombian Air Force. Being a futuristic science fiction design I decided to make it a commemorative model for the 50th anniversary of the war on drugs, implicitly making the statement that this “war on drugs” is never going to end.

I recommend the following links for more information about the war on drugs:
Basic Facts About The War On Drugs
Wikipedia: War on Drugs
Foreign Affairs: Colombia and the War on Drugs

Now, the model:

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 20, 2009 5:23 pm

    The Hellhound turned out great!

  2. bellmouthchute95 permalink
    February 26, 2009 1:43 pm

    It’s a great looking model.

    I thought about doing something similar several months ago, only using Trumpeter’s 1:35 scale Brazilian EE-T2 Osório main battle tank.

    I agree that the War on Drugs has done nothing but benefit those government agencies and businesses involved. It’s a huge mess for everyone involved. Look at how terrible the drug war Mexico has become the past decade.

  3. February 27, 2009 11:23 pm

    Thank you.

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