Mauricio Pinilla, the chilean soccer player who shot the ball that hit the crossbar on the last minutes of the extra-time in the match against Brazil [June 28], got a tattoo of the moment. The tattoo of what could have been a life changing goal for his team and country shows the exact positions of the players at the time along with the quote “one centimeter from glory”.
Using militaries to arrest criminals and destroy crops and factories further institutionalizes militaries as the authority within those states, encouraging them to marginalize or replace civilian government. This is a serious concern. Bolivia was governed by a series of military dictatorships between 1964 and 1982. Civilian government is of recent vintage in Peru; the military ruled from 1968 to 1980. Colombia has not had a military dictatorship since that of General Gustavo Pinilla of 1954-1958. Colombia’s military has only 60,000 members for an almost thirty-two million population, and Colombian civilians seek to keep it under their control. Nevertheless, the military often ignores its civilian commanders. Military dictatorship is a long-standing scourge in Latin America that the United States should not encourage through its antidrug policy.
Donald J. Mabry, “The U.S. Military and the War on Drugs,” Drug Trafficking in the Americas (1996)