With Tale of Drug Lord, U.S. Builds Case for Mexico Intervention (La Jornada, Mexico)
By building up the reputation of one of Mexico’s most notorious drug lords and then allowing him to remain free, is the United States building a case for intervening in an incompetent Mexico? For Mexico’s La Jornada, columnist Jorge Carrillo Olea asserts that the U.S. has failed to help capture Joaquín Guzmán Loera, also known as El Chapo, in order to demonstrate that Mexico is a failed state in need of direct U.S. military intervention.
For La Jornada, Jorge Carrillo Olea writes in small part:
The case of Joaquín Guzmán Loera has long since transcended the sphere of criminality and inserted itself into the conduct of domestic policy – with serious consequences for international relations. We should point out the willingness of the United States to exaggerate the importance of this man. It was the United States and no one else that propagated an inflated and exalted image of this individual.
The U.S. placed him on the list of the world’s richest men, while carefully avoiding any comment on where such information came from and what the sources were. And if these were indeed true and trustworthy, why didn’t Washington provide this information to the organs of justice, as the law stipulates? No country or international body, public or private, has corroborated this story. Ergo: it is of interest only to the U.S. Why? This is a puzzle to solve, but it certainly has a lot to do with its intent to further subjugate our current government – or perhaps the government looming on the horizon. What is the pretext? Our incompetence. The United States indeed knows something about planning for the future.
The truth is evident, and although the U.S. doesn’t spell it out, it waits for people to deduce it for themselves. And as the defense secretary disclosed, the Calderón administration has refused or otherwise failed to deal with this individual or his criminal entourage. It is plain and simple and demands a fundamental political explanation from Felipe Calderón: why has justice failed? Eleven years have passed since his escape – and nothing has been achieved in those 11 years! I don’t believe it. Neither do I believe that Guzmán is hiding in a super-fortress in Sierra Madre. Oh, no. He is everywhere and nowhere, in an anonymous city, in Mexico or out of it, along with so many other drug lords.
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