I saw that the US government posted an “extreme warning” travel advisory about Mexico last week and wanted to weigh in on the bullshit.
If you’re traveling to Culiacan or Acapulco, or any major Mexican city for that matter, you have to expect to see some fireworks. It’s like watching a volcano eruption in one of those yuppie-eco-tourism-shit-vacation-type trips some of you drug-taking progressives in America like to take. So when you see it you can’t help but stare in awe. So yes, drug violence is a real, natural phenomenon. What did you expect? Stop being such a pussy. After all, if you come here, your vacation story is guaranteed to top your neighbor’s Costa Rica piña colada snore. And the greatest part about it, it won’t be a bit more dangerous than participating in a water volleyball game at your all-inclusive resort.
Violence: there is plenty of it to go around, that’s true. But it’s not like some crazy, Mumbai-style shoot-anything-that-moves type of bloodletting. This is strictly about business; civilians and tourists (around here we call them customers/clients) are not to be harmed. But sometimes incidents do happen. It’s unfortunate, but what can you do?
Just so you know how it is, most of the violence is Government-generated. Shaking up the plaza, stirring up those narcos stupid enough not to be in hiding when the Army operatives arrive into town—well, what does the Army expect? These guys to surrender quietly and be tortured and beaten for days and weeks on end?
Pure narco-on-narco violence is in a lull all over Mexico. Sure, there are some executions, but mostly these are all about squaring business accounts; people paying debts and “blacklisted” people getting their end of justice. The real war between them has really died down, so I am really starting to believe in the Big Cartel Truce that everyone around here is talking about.
But just because there is a Big Truce, doesn’t mean you can’t have people bickering over the small stuff. The Cartel War may be over, but there are various plazas on dispute between various groups allied with various Cartels. So violence is not about to die down. Probably never. But the Government is making it worse. By fighting the Cartels, what it did was fragment them into very little pieces, causing a “reacomodo”, a readjustment of territories. And this, of course, generates more violence, more bad blood between various antagonistic groups, and basically makes sure the block party keeps going till the next generation arrives.
And it’s not gonna stop. It’s a fact of life. Someone has to do it, and someone is gonna do it, and keep doing it until he is caught, killed or retires with all his bling. Which has a very high possibility, if they’re smart and play their cards the right way.
So let me give you a partial rundown of what this Administration has done to organized crime so you’ll get the picture of how the War on Drugs works here in Mexico (the actual list is much longer) :
* It fragmented the Sinaloa Cartel when it captured El Mochomo Beltran last year (with El Chapo Guzmans “pitazo”). This was a very, very stupid move. The Beltrans where in charge of security of all the Sinaloan top brass, and when they were betrayed, they hired some zetas and gave them a list of all safe houses and set them loose in Culiacan and Mazatlan.
* It created a new semi-Cartel, La Familia Michoacana. It is in conflict with its creators, the Zetas, and is allied with El Chapo. So they’re in conflict with the Beltran Leyvas, too. You can say they’re all in a nice and bloody kill triangle.
* It fragmented the Gulf Cartel and set the Zetas loose as a separate organization. And they spread like cockroaches. Expansion, that’s the detonator of the violence.
You guys in America are milking this violence for as much shock value as you possibly can. Here’s a quote from the latest travel advisory for Mexico from the U.S. State Department.
“Recent Mexican army and police confrontations with drug cartels have resembled small-unit combat, with cartels employing automatic weapons and grenades,” the advisory reads. “Large firefights have taken place in many towns and cities across Mexico but most recently in northern Mexico, including Tijuana, Chihuahua City and Ciudad Juarez. During some of these incidents, U.S. citizens have been trapped and temporarily prevented from leaving the area.”
This one made me feel so proud, especially the “resembled small-unit combat” part. No one even tries to make it sound like a gang fight anymore. Train hard, fight harder, that’s the motto, I guess. That’s what happens when the military-style training the zetas and kaibiles (Guatemalan special ops) brought into fashion starts spreading around the country. And you’ve no doubt heard rumors of Middle Eastern trainers making their rounds in Mexico, mainly Palestinians or Iranians paid to train cells of sicarios?
Well, the Palestinian angle is true. I don’t know much about Iranians being here or sicarios being sent there to train, but it is a fact that the Palestinians have been training sicarios since 90s, ever since the times of “the Arab.” He was the sicario trainer for the Arellano Felix Organization, the one and bloody Cartel of Tijuana.
Did you know that there is even a Palestinian shooting style? You crouch, support the gun handle with your thigh and you shoot with one a finger pull.
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