Monday, November 1, 2010

Some Frightening Food for Thought

Take a few minutes and read about the Mexican Drug War from someone on the ground there. Note, how the Zetas got their start. Think about this in terms of a collapsed economy, the inability of the U.S. to sustain massively expensive foreign wars and hundreds of thousands of well-trained soldiers facing a Department of Defense that will be slashing its budget and a private economy that is stagnant at best and, once Wave 3 gets underway in earnest, will be in freefall. Oh yeah, and don't forget the anger that goes along with eras of negative mood:

The Mexican Drug War in One Lesson: Know Your Zetas
By Pancho Montana

...Los Zetas started out as an elite Special Forces unit–or GAFE–created and trained in the School of the Americas (in the USA), with counter-insurgency in mind: Specifically, to combat the 1994 Zapatista Army of National Liberation insurrection in Chaipas. A few years later, at the turn of the millennium, GAFE units found themselves with no insurgencies to fight. So they were re-trained for drug-interdiction operations and were sent to Tamaulipas to capture the capos and disrupt narcotrafficing operations in the region. One of those GAFEs was headed by a man named Arturo Guzmán Decena, who would go on to be known as “Z-1”–the leader of the Zetas. Z-1 realized there was a lot more money helping the traffickers than trying to police them, and ended up as the personal escort of Osiel Cardenas. Nicknamed “The Friend-Killer,” Cardenas was just starting to take control of the leaderless Gulf Cartel around 1998-1999. Hiring elite soldiers was his way of consolidating power...

...And that’s how it all began: Bored, over-trained professional soldiers going rogue and working as hired killers for the Gulf Cartel...

...Monterrey went from to suburbia to shithole and then into hellhole category in less than a year, and it’s getting even worse. In the last two weeks there’ve been two shootouts between Zetas and the Army. The first one left 28 Zetas dead on the road in General Treviño, Nuevo Leon, plus 5 more in Juarez the next day, and 22 the next week on Mier City, Tamaulipas, on the border with Nuevo Leon. And that’s not counting all the individual executions between the battles. Nearly every day there are grenade attacks against police headquarters of different municipalities and state prisons.

That’s leaving out the mass graves, rural training camps for sicarios, the assassination of a local mayor by Zetas dressed as Federal Police, and all kinds of other stuff that makes life in Monterrey an adventure whether you want it to be or not...

Not sure what to recommend. Keep your eyes open as things continue to deteriorate. If you have means to provide structure, employment or something - anything - constructive for young males to rally to, deploy it.

1 comment:

Greg B said...

You wrote:
Think about this in terms of a collapsed economy, the inability of the U.S. to sustain massively expensive foreign wars and hundreds of thousands of well-trained soldiers facing a Department of Defense that will be slashing its budget and a private economy that is stagnant at best...

It looks like this soldier had the entrepeneurial spirit:

Navy SEAL, 2 others accused of weapon smuggling
...Bickle is accused of smuggling about 80 AK-47 weapons from Iraq or Afghanistan, including factory-made 7.62 mm Iraqi machine guns that the complaint said would be difficult or impossible to trace....this was possible because Navy SEALs are not searched when returning from deployments...

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101104/ap_on_re_us/us_weapons_smuggling_navy_seal