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War, on drugs -- "Killing people is hard and horrible. No wonder that warriors, from berserkers to jihadis, need drugs to get in the mood" https://aeon.co/essays/berserkers-and-jihadis-alike-have-used...
"Given the well-documented, widespread use of narcotics in modern warfare, it is no surprise to find ISIS also supplying soldiers with stimulants. In the fall of 2015, the largest drug bust in Lebanese history took place at Beirut airport when a Saudi prince tried to board a private jet that was about to fly to Ha’il, in northern Saudi Arabia. Two tons of Captagon were recovered – a drug whose use outside the Middle East is negligible, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Originally developed in the 1960s, Captagon was designed to treat narcolepsy and attention-deficit disorder. It was banned in most countries because of its addictive nature. Captagon produces feelings of euphoria, a boost in energy and heightened awareness – as well as surging aggression levels, says Richard Rawson, co-director of the Integrated Substance Abuse Programme at the University of California, Los Angeles. A Reuters report from 2014 demonstrated just how widespread the use of drugs has become in Syria since the start of the civil war, and especially how production of stimulants for use by rebel and ISIS forces has soared. The fact that the levels of violence have risen, too – not only with videotaped beheadings, but also mass executions and indiscriminate slaughter – might not be entirely coincidental." ‎- Eivind
oliver stone says smoking weed helped to keep the soldiers human in vietnam. ‎- fax
@ufux: Generals and warlords probably don't want their soldiers to be too human most of the time. ‎- Eivind
that is probably true but it's also a delicate balance for the command because they can't push people too much without facing unpredictable outbursts or implosions which would jeopardize their whole operation. so maybe they would prefer to track and control the usage of narcotic substances rather than completely disallow it. ‎- fax
"Two tons of Captagon were recovered." Two tons! I hope he didn't say it was all for personal use. ‎- bentley
@ufux: Wonder how the IS theologians view "performance enhancing" drugs? Aren't some of the more hardcore holy men even condemning coffee drinking? ‎- Eivind
@bentleywg: Just keeping up with the rexes, I bet. It's not easy. ‎- Eivind

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