Opinion: Toledo is… just like Maradona?

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By Aldo Mariátegui for Correo
Translated and edited by Jorge Riveros-Cayo

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If Toledo refuses to do a drug test, Peruvians will think he is just like Maradona, says Mariátegui. (Photos: Internet)

Toledo’s followers minimize the request made to their leader of submitting himself to do a drug test, as other candidates have accepted to do so.

Supported by the lefties, they disqualify the request tagging it as “not a serious subject” in a campaign (the funny thing is that the majority of these lefties are huge critics of the dissipated life of Berlusconi).

It seems that it is not important to set an example against cocaine when our country is probably the number one producer of this poison, and as a result a victim of the corruption and violence it generates. If that is “not a serious subject” then, what is?

Is a president that consumes cocaine a good moral reference or has the authority to fight against the drug trafficking cartels? The consumer can persecute the producer? What is Toledo’s problem with going to a lab and submitting himslef to do a drug test? There is nothing humiliating about it. And don’t tell me, as a matter of justifying, that Churchill was a drunk or Kennedy a womanizer or Hitler an abstemious and monogamous.

Cocaine doesn’t only cloud your judgment, more than orgies or drinking, but it is a problem in a country where drug trafficking and the increasing local consumption are issues to be worried about, other than thinking about it as a private recreational issue.

Certainly, we are not electing the Pope (and these are sometimes even worse than politicians), but a gesture like the one requested to Toledo should not bother him, unless he has something to hide. It is quite foolish that Toledo refuse to go to the lab, because people will think he is just like Maradona.

Our country reminds me sometimes of an operetta or a grotesque comedy show, but the worst one possible.

A member of the National Electoral Jury (JNE) gives a political opinion during a hearing against a presidential candidate and nothing happens. The offended part swallows down his pride after an initial complaint (and with that, makes us think that maybe the opinionated judge was right), while the rest of the jury lines up behind the judge.

[On other subjects] I imagine the government is evaluating to cancel next week’s ASPA Summit in Lima. I don’t think any authoritarian leader of one of those countries wants to move from their “thrones” with such a rambunctious scenario in the Middle Eastern streets. I also imagine that Israel is trembling with all those neighbors full of problems: a tumultuous Egypt, Jordan and Syria with incipient problems and Lebanon’s executive recently seized by Hamas, not to mention the fact that the Gaza Strip is already dominated by this movement. Now, Tel Aviv will start to regret showing so much intransigence during its negotiations with the Palestinians.


Aldo Mariátegui is the director of Correo, where he has a daily column.

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