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Washington/Peru: We Ain\'t Winnin\'

From the Film:

“If the supply keeps increasing, I don’t care how much we interdict, if the supply keeps increasing, we ain’t winning.” -- Congressman William Dickinson (R-AL)


“U.S. Drug War policy has played right into the hands of the Shining Path, and if current trends continue, they are ready to turn a revolutionary war into a war of national resistance against the Americans.” -- Gustavo Gorritti, Journalist, Peru


“Sendero Luminoso is the Khmer Rouge of Latin America.” -- General George Joulwan, SOUTHCOM


“We’ve got to be very careful that we’re not sucked into a civil war while we’re down there for the purposes of drug eradication and find out that we’ve got U.S. troops against the Shining Path.” -- Congressman Charles Rangel (D- NY)



In the final year of George Bush’s presidency, America’s War on Drugs stood at a tragi-comic crossroads, with the US on the brink of a mssive increase in spending and Peru on the brink of disaster. Washington : Peru -- We Ain’t Winnin’ examines the politically-charged connections between the two nations and explores the human implications of Peru’s growing crisis for individuals who lived it.

In the early 1990’s, the “drug war” in Peru was being rapidly eclipsed by a real war.
Peru was the source of more than 60% of the world’s coca leaf, the raw material for cocaine. The official War on Drugs, long the cornerstone of American policy toward Peru, had ground to a halt. At the same time, the world’s most vicious Maoist insurgency, Sendero Luminoso, the Shining Path, was marching steadily toward the goal of a takeover of Peru as the first step toward world revolution.

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