Heads Up, Mexico: You May Be Next
William Norman Grigg
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The time has
insists Representative Michael McCaul (R-Texas), "for the U.S.
to show serious commitment to war in our own backyard."
narrow-minded of Washington to confer the blessings of humanitarian
mass murder on distant Bedouins while ignoring our Mestizo neighbors
to the South. McCaul, a
former federal prosecutor who now chairs the Homeland Security Subcommittee
on Oversight, is eager to help rectify that inequity by designating
six Mexican drug syndicates including Los
Zetas, which is led
by U.S.-trained military personnel as "foreign terrorist organizations."
permit deportation or prosecution of anyone providing "support"
to the narcotics syndicates. Of course, this wouldn't apply to the
public officials in the United States responsible for the huge narcotics
price support program called the "War on Drugs."
Over the past
five years, an
estimated 37,000 people have been killed as a result of the
war between the administration of Mexican President Felipe Calderon
and various narcotics syndicates. Several months ago, Texas Governor
Rick Perry suggested
that Washington should invade Mexico for the supposed purpose
of ending the violence. The only trivial impediment to that
plan, Perry observed, is that Mexico's government would have to
"approve" of the invasion.
As if to answer
the question, "What kind of Latin American political figure would
`approve' of a U.S. invasion and occupation of his country?" Colombian-born
Washington Post columnist Edward Schumacher-Matos offered
a very public endorsement of the proposal.
pointing out that between positions with the New York Times
and the Wall Street Journal and his present gig at the
Post, Schumacher-Matos taught a course at Harvard's David Rockefeller
Center for Latin American studies, which is one of several academic
nurseries in which the Establishment cultivates tomorrow's Quislings.
Schumacher-Matos piously chastises Mexico's political class for
being "too proud to do what they immediately should: Call in the
Marines." Only if Mexican somehow emerge from "their nationalistic
stupor" will they see the light of reason and welcome the presence
of their new overlords "American military specialists stationed
within [their] borders to help the country build powerful electronic
intelligence systems and train modern military and police forces
to replace its suffocatingly hierarchical, outdated ones."
"is our neighbor and supposed longtime ally, the Mexican army has
never never participated in a joint military exercise with the
U.S. military," Schumacher-Matos points out, inviting us to sorrowful
contemplation of the shame of it all. To substantiate the point,
he cites a recent study by Roderic Ai Camp of the Woodrow Wilson
Center, oblivious to the irony of mentioning
Wilson's name in connection with proposed U.S. military intervention
"What is getting
in the way of deeper cooperation with the U.S. military is that
the Mexican military, political and intellectual leaders, abetted
by U.S. intellectuals, still have their heads in the Mexican and
American wars for the 19th century and the Cold War of the 20th,"
Schumacher-Matos scolds. "They talk of imperialism and hegemony
which are irrelevant today."
that we're discussing, insists this Rockefeller-suckled sock puppet:
It's applied humanitarianism of the kind that has turned places
like Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Kosovo, and Libya into
havens of peace and prosperity.
Schumacher-Matos's prescription are a bit outdated. The "electronic
intelligence systems" he describes are
already operating in Mexico; huge amounts of money are being
poured into training and equipping Mexican military and police;
paramilitaries are actively
involved in the Drug War on
both sides of the conflict.
U.S. agents generally provide intelligence and training, while Mexicans
do the hands-on work," explains a
recent AP dispatch from Mexico City. Brad Barker, president
of a "private"
mercenary firm called HALO
Corporation, told the AP: "Yes, we're tracking vehicles, yes,
we're tracking people.... There's been a huge spike in agents down
For the nonce,
however, the huge and growing population of U.S. military and intelligence
"advisers" infesting Mexico have to "play down" their role, in order
"to avoid rubbing nationalist raw spots."
of labor used to maintain the fiction of Mexican independence was
displayed in joint operations staged to murder Arturo
Beltran-Leyva, the admittedly vicious head of a narcotics operation
(an offshoot of the Sinaloa Cartel) he co-founded with his four
brothers. On December 11, 2009, a team of U.S.-trained Mexican Special
Forces operators, acting on intelligence gathered by their American
"advisers," attacked a Christmas party, slaughtering several guests,
wounding numerous others, and terrorizing scores more while Beltran-Leyva
later, U.S. agents tracked the fugitive to an apartment in Cuernavaca.
This time 200 Special Forces troops laid siege to the building,
surrounding it with tanks and helicopter gunships.
was predictable, and proudly memorialized in trophy photos of Beltran-Leyva's
dead, mutilated body that were given wide circulation by the Mexican
as a significant "victory" in Washington's drug war in Mexico.
Indeed, from the perspective of the people who manage that war,
it was an ideal victory the kind that helps perpetuate the conflict,
rather than bringing it to an end. As the AP points out, in the
year following the killing of Beltran-Leyva, arrests of drug cartel
leaders were up, cocaine seizures expanded, and the frequency of
drug-related extraditions to the U.S. increased "and yet,
killings jumped to a record high ... and more heroin and marijuana
are being produced in Mexico and smuggled into the U.S."
As with all
other "successful" government programs, Washington's narco-war in
Mexico is a breeder reactor for larger and even more profitable
problems. The escalating violence by Washington and its puppet government
in Mexico City is provoking retaliatory violence against American
proxy war in Mexico has killed tens of thousands of Mexicans, as
well as a small but growing number of
U.S. citizens. What really prompted the ire of Rep. McCaul,
however, was the
murder last February of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent
Jaime Zapata by a hit team employed by Los Zetas. This episode,
in which a Federal Agent was assassinated by a cartel led by U.S.-trained
Mexican paramilitaries that led McCaul to demand that Mexican drug
syndicates be classified as "foreign terrorist organizations."
President Calderon has "boldly declared war against the cartels,"
McCaul declares, "the Mexicans are losing the war and so are we."
the most effective way to destroy the criminal syndicates as a
growing number of war-weary Mexicans understand would be to de-criminalize
narcotics, which would mean an immediate end to the grotesquely
inflated profits that sustain the cartels.
McCaul and his ilk, however, prefer to take the contrary approach
continued escalation of the conflict with no imaginable end. "We
can't afford a failed state in Mexico, and we must secure our borders,"
examine this familiar piece of thought-stopping boilerplate.
the housing bubble burst four years ago, immigration from Mexico
is down dramatically. The chief threat to "border security" at present
is the violence being churned up in Mexico through Washington's
drug war. If the threat of "spillover" narcotics violence is the
main problem, ending the drug war is the obvious solution yet
ideologues like McCaul have a way of resisting the obvious.
who understand that the state is always and everywhere the chief
enemy of liberty, prosperity, and peace, the term "failed state"
is a pleonasm.
When employed by spokesmen for the Imperial power elite, however,
the term is invoked as a prelude to military intervention in order
to impose a government-exercised monopoly on force which in practice
has meant becoming local franchises of a U.S.-dominated global political
of this kind are justified as a form of preventive counter-terrorism.
Accordingly, whenever U.S. politicians and policy-makers suggest
that Mexico is in danger of becoming a "failed state," they are
tuning the atmosphere for even more forceful intervention in that
country's domestic affairs.
surprise us to learn that a growing number of Mexicans are weary
of being on the receiving end of Washington's armed benevolence.
"We are fed
up with this war that nobody asked for," exclaimed Ciudad Juarez
resident Leticia Ruiz, one of thousands
of Mexicans who attended protests on April 6 demanding an end to
Washington's drug war in Mexico.
of you politicians," declared Javier Sicilia, a noted Mexican author
whose 24-year-old son was murdered by cartel hit-men. "In this badly
planned, badly executed and badly led war, you have put the country
into a state of emergency."
being visited on Mexicans in this unnecessary war are of little
concern to the ruling elite on either side of the border. As Hillary
Clinton admitted in a moment of stunning candor, de-criminalization
of narcotics and de-escalation in the drug war simply aren't possible,
because there is "too much money" to be made through prohibition.
One illustration of this can be seen in the fact that when
the global finance system went into cardiac arrest in 2008, laundered
narcotics proceeds were the only liquid capital available for
Many law enforcement
agencies in the United States have become addicted to drug war subsidies,
both in the form of funds stolen and redistributed through taxation
and in the form of direct highway robbery by way of "asset forfeiture."
The Texas legislature has sought to expand that symbiosis between
the criminal underworld and the even more disreputable political
"overworld" by expanding the use of highway checkpoints for seatbelt
enforcement, license and insurance inspections, and drug and weapons
in order to harvest revenue to make up for shortfalls in tax revenue.
Rep. McCaul points out that his proposal to designate drug cartels
as "terrorist" organizations would "intensify southbound inspections
to seize weapons and cash." In practice this would mean an escalation
in Washington's unremitting war against privacy and private property.
himself illustrates another reason why there is no official interest
in ending the drug war. As the
Houston Chronicle points out, McCaul "unveiled [his]
legislation as he raises his profile in Washington for a possible
bid for statewide office" specifically, the Senate seat being
vacated next year by Kay Bailey Hutchison. Being a dutiful
drug war drone is a prescription for job security and in many
cases, the key to a lucrative political career. Despite growing
public disenchantment with this murderous charade, there is no political
profit in working to bring it to an end.
is involved in describing Mexico as another front in the Regime's
war with well, practically everybody. This is illustrated by the
fact that several months ago, beginning with a
September 2010 installment of Oliver North's "War Stories" agitprop
series, the Fox News Channel has been referring to the proxy
conflict in Mexico as
America's "Third War" (which would mean, of course, that the
ongoing campaign in Libya would be the Regime's fourth war).
spokesmen for the War Party, Rep. McCaul has promoted a unified
field theory of global conflict in which Mexico is emerging as a
haven for Islamic terrorists bent on destroying the U.S. Although
there's no evidence of an Islamist/Narco-terrorist alliance, undisguised
U.S. military intervention in Mexico could conceivably provoke a
nationalist backlash that would serve the War Party's propaganda
needs nearly as well.
some elements of the Right (occasionally abetted by
people who should have known better) have peddled the notion
that Mexico has created a vast and well-organized
"fifth column" within the United States dedicated to La Reconquista
the re-conquest of territories seized by the U.S. during the Mexican-American
this scenario, non-assimilated Mexicans by the millions join in
a campaign of violence orchestrated by the Mexican government with
the help of foundation-funded anti-American groups on this side
of the border.
sentiments may exist in Mexico are the residue of Washington's
seizure of roughly
half the country through a war of aggression. Washington's proxy
narco-war has done nothing to palliate those feelings. About the
only thing that could vindicate the alarmist fantasy of a nationalistic
uprising on the part of Mexicans living on the U.S. side of the
border would be direct U.S. military intervention in Mexico. I'm
just cynical enough to believe that this would be considered a selling
point to the people who profit on the misery inflicted by Washington's
drug wars, both here and abroad.
Norman Grigg [send him mail]
publishes the Pro
Libertate blog and hosts the Pro
Libertate radio program.
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