From Berlin 1940 to Portland 2020
by Andy Joppa
The thesis of this essay is:
1) The citizens and armies of the Third Reich used crystal meth in enormous quantities. I contend that, to a certain extent, this can account for their high levels of sadistic violence.
2) There is a propensity of those using crystal meth to demonstrate these high levels of violent behavior that can be well documented.
3) Oregon, Portland specifically, is one of the crystal meth addiction centers of the U.S.
4) In a like manner to the actions within the Third Reich, the actions of rioters in Portland are almost entirely the result of crystal meth influence and addiction.
5) Outside agitators and funds have harvested this drug induced aggression and violence as the spearhead of their radical agenda.
6) I contend that this crystal meth epidemic has been deepened by the Left’s maintaining a regular supply for their street agitators.
7) The rioters in Portland must be dealt with as they really are…not as social justice warriors, but as a mob of drug addled violent zombies.
Now to the specifics.
In his bestselling book, “Der Totale Rausch” (The Total Rush)— published in English as “Blitzed”—Norman Ohler found that many in the Nazi regime used drugs regularly, from the soldiers of the Wehrmacht all the way up to Hitler himself. The use of methamphetamine, better known as crystal meth, was particularly prevalent: A pill form of the drug, Pervitin, was distributed by the millions to Wehrmacht troops before the successful invasion of France in 1940.
Pervitin was introduced in 1938 and marketed as a magic pill for alertness and an anti-depressive, among other uses. It was briefly even available over the counter. In the 1930s, a German could buy boxed chocolates spiked with methamphetamine. Using Pervitin, the soldiers of the Wehrmacht could stay awake for days at a time and march many more miles without resting.
A so-called “stimulant decree” issued in April 1940 sent more than 35 million tablets of Pervitin and Isophan (a slightly modified version) of the pills to the front lines, where they fueled the Nazis’ “Blitzkrieg” invasion of France through the Ardennes mountains.
Reading “Blitzed,” one gets the impression that the Germans were consuming Pervitin like Skittles. The company that patented Pervitin in 1937 wanted it to rival Coca-Cola. The soldiers’ drug of choice was Pervitin, as it was the one thing that helped them overcome exhaustion. “The abuse of crystal meth by the German army shows enemy number one was not the British, French or Russians, it was fatigue,” Ohler wrote, “The German army was trying to win the battle against sleep, it’s why they used methamphetamines.” “Like people drink coffee to boost their energy, people took loads of Pervitin across the board,” It was going without sleep for 3 days that created the German defeat of the French army…the largest and best equipped Army in Europe.
While cause and effect cannot be clearly demonstrated, the correlation between the propensity of the German people to yield to the violence around them and the marked sadistic actions of the Waffen SS and the Wehrmacht in general, cannot be disassociated from their enormous use of Pervitin.
Can a clinical linkage be found between crystal meth and violence?
Studies show, along with euphoric brain stimulation, there is something else that can happen when someone takes meth, and that’s a sense of blunted emotions. People on meth may not experience feelings as they would ordinarily. Meth can become not just a way to get high, but a way to escape from worry, stress and negative feelings and emotions.
Perhaps more importantly, there’s yet another way that a meth addict can be impacted and that’s in the creation of aggression. When someone is on meth, they may start to feel like they’re powerful or capable of more than they really are, and so that can manifest in sociability as an example, but also as delusional aggression. People experiencing crystal meth-related psychosis can become agitated, emotionally unstable and hostile.
Key to understanding how a meth addict thinks and feels is the fact that when you are on meth you often lack any sense of self-awareness, and it’s not usually until an addict is in the recovery phase of their addiction that they’re even able to recognize their behaviors and the effects they had on the people around them.
Can the violence under the influence of crystal meth be documented?
In at least 12 murders committed or tried by courts over the past two years, crystal methamphetamine was used by the killer or was otherwise a suspected factor in the crime.
Police warn the widespread use of the drug is creating a new level of violence and turning unstable people into dangerous criminals. It was clear there had been an “increase in ice-related activity in relation to homicide”.
A TEENAGER who slashed a family man’s throat in a home burglary. He told investigators that he had been affected by ice.
THE BASHING of two police officers whose assailant was not stopped until he was hit repeatedly with a torch and capsicum-sprayed twice.
TWO elderly men bashed at a suburban railway station by a mentally ill man on methamphetamine.
The addicts were increasingly school children or young adults who were being fried by the drug, also popularly known as shard. Many carried the extra baggage of having, through their habit, become associated with people they would not ordinarily have known. “We’re regularly getting people who have got trouble with some really heavy criminals,” police noted
Repeated exposure to crystal meth seems to increase aggressive behavior. People who use crystal meth can become aggressive if they perceive that they are threatened. Crystal meth can provoke episodes of psychosis, which can lead to dramatic levels of aggressive behavior.
In 2015, 50-73% of state and local law enforcement agencies in the western half of the U.S. identified methamphetamine as the drug that most contributes to violence and crime in their areas. In a literature review of substance use and violence, it was reported that methamphetamine use is linked to violence through both systemic dynamics (e.g., drug trafficking) and pharmacological effects (e.g., agitation, paranoia, psychosis). However, even after controlling for involvement in the drug trade, i.e., sales, distribution, or manufacturing, a study of prison parolees found methamphetamine use was significantly predictive of self-reported violent criminal behavior and general recidivism.
Now to Oregon.
With a significant drop in the number of Oregon’s meth labs, Mexico is filling the gap and is the primary source of the drug in Oregon. It arrives in the state via Interstate 5, where it gets into the hands of the people who can distribute it locally. “It speaks to the demand, and if there’s a demand, someone’s going to be there to supply.”
Over the last two years in the Portland-metro area, the price for the drug is down 25%, and down 18% throughout Oregon, according to the report…it was clear that methamphetamine use was on the rise.
Across Central City Concern facilities — more than 5,000 people with a history of substance abuse are treated every year. At least 15-20% of these patients are being treated exclusively for methamphetamine and another 25-30% are being treated for methamphetamines and another substance.
Meth is one of the deadliest illicit drugs. In Portland, it is the leading cause of drug-related deaths. 78 percent of Oregonians know someone that is suffering with addiction, and Oregon ranked last in the country in providing mental health and addiction treatment services. Yet the impact of meth has been overshadowed by the opioid epidemic.
In 2018, meth was attributed to 77 percent of violent crime and 63 percent of property crime. In 2016, there were 3,612 convictions for meth possession. The amount of meth confiscated grew a staggering 800 percent between 2009 and 2017, compared to heroin, which rose 300 percent in the same period.
Meth presents the greatest drug threat to Oregon in 2019, according to the Oregon High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA). About nine years ago, there were 50 meth-related deaths, but now that number is almost five times higher. In 2018, 272 people died from complications related to meth—in Multnomah County alone, there were 77 reported deaths. Apart from this, methamphetamine plays a large role in Oregon’s crime world.
As already indicated, when someone is on meth, they tend to be quite aggressive, which can lead to various worst-case scenarios. Meth has the highest correlations with serious crimes—a 2019 survey of law enforcement officers showcase what they believe to be high threat indicators. 58% of Oregon and Idaho officers believed methamphetamine was the greatest drug threat, 75% thought it contributed the most to violent crime, and 61% thought it most contributes to property crime.
While I haven’t quite documented my thesis, I believe I have proven that what we’re experiencing in streets of Portland is the result of a crystal meth epidemic. I would contend that this epidemic’s implications have been deepened by the Left and their import of the drug from Mexico. As with the Third Reich, if you don’t have enough violent thugs to fulfill your mission…create them.
There can be no doubt that crystal meth is a major element in the havoc that has plagued Portland for the past two months. With all I’ve documented it would be irrational to not accept that statement.