Master of Puppets: The CIA and the Thing That Should Not Be
Mexico is dealt a bad rap.
I guess in some ways it's deserved, but most of the negativity pushed onto the country is just fear mongering stemming from its unfriendly neighbour to the north, the U.S.A. The current U.S. financial crisis isn't helping matters either; the latest national debt has pushed through the unfathomable nineteen-trillion dollar barrier. As a result, now more than ever, the U.S. wants your money spent on their turf, and with the huge boost in recent years to Mexican tourism, the propaganda is flowing smoother than the verbal diarrhoea gushing from the baboon-arsed mouth of Donald Trump.
The fear-factor is, Mexico isn't safe. There's too much violence; cartels, street gangs, Zapatistas and banditos... on and on the merry-go-round of rhetoric goes. But the U.S.'s own crime statistics aren't too flattering either, painting an awkward looking picture of an apparent superpower that is riddled with gun and gang violence, drug abuse and severe race and hate crime issues. Even though the current presidential candidates are doing a pretty damn good job of making America look pretty stupid, that nation still isn't given anywhere near as bad a rap as Mexico or any other Central American country. But it should; it's well deserved.
While it's very true that cartel violence in Mexico is a major issue for its every citizen, the main reason why cartels exist in the first place is thanks to America's giant hard-on for the almighty dollar. The path bashed through this story is a well-beaten one, and all factually proven, but if you'll indulge me, let's take one more peek through the looking glass at the extent of Uncle Sam's hypocrisy, greed, manipulation, intimidation and extreme violence. It's a bottomless pit tour, so hang on.
Everything to do with Mexico's current issues can be singly traced back to 1980, where the original Mexican cartel, the Guadalajara Cartel, became exclusively constructed and benefited by the American CIA for introducing key operatives to Honduran drug lord, Juan-Matta Ballesteros. Ballesteros was a gargantuan asset to the CIA, as he was also the top dog of SETCO, who are mostly known around the world as the airline that was used to smuggle CIA approved illegal narcotics from South and Central America and into the United States. Return trips were then utilised by the CIA to smuggle military supplies and army personnel into Nicaragua to aid the Contras in their battle against the current corrupt regime and to a broader extent, help capture Panamanian dictator, General Manuel Noriega who, ironically, was a top CIA informant and was eventually charged on many counts of drug trafficking in a U.S. supreme court. God bless the Stars 'n' Stripes.
Of course, all of this was purely a decoy perpetrated by the U.S. government, as they were very much in bed with Noriega who ensured the safe passage of CIA sanctioned drug boats from Cartagena, Colombia, straight into Panama City and beyond. Panama's defence force and police escorts were regularly deployed to safeguard these missions.
But it's not just Central America that finds itself in the CIA's web of deceit; Afghanistan, Pakistan and South East Asia's Golden Triangle, in particular Laos, have also been brought into the fold. Admittedly, it's a brilliant ploy that the CIA, and as an extension the U.S. government, have integrated, as this all but ensures that no American operative ever needs to handle or witness a single drug shipment. But they are complicit; there's no doubting that.
Afghanistan and Pakistan are the two biggest opium producers on the planet, with Afghanistan's opium production going towards the manufacturing of 90% of the world's heroin supply. Mexico is the fourth largest producer, behind Iran, and since the CIA's involvement, have become the world's largest supplier of the cultivated product, which is strategically imported from Asia on customs immune U.S. Naval and cargo ships. Laos is not so prevalent a producer as the top four, but it does play its part, especially since the Vietnam War, which, as you may correctly assume, was gatecrashed by the U.S. in order to infiltrate the Asian drug market.
Poverty stricken farmers in many countries around the world are either directly or indirectly controlled by the CIA. As well as the aforementioned nations, the list also includes Bolivia, Peru, Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia. Peasants are paid poorly to grow opium poppies or coca plants (the base ingredient of cocaine) for mass production, and for the most part, deal directly with the cartels. If production is below quota, the growers and their families are often slaughtered.
The U.S. is a brilliant propaganda machine rivalled only by Hitler's Nazi Germany. According to American mass media, especially those Joseph Goebbels wannabes, FOX News, the United States are the protectors of the world. According to many biased sources, it's the Axis of Evil countries like Iran (prolific in opium production) and Iraq (oil) that are the enemy. Funny how the U.S. has vested interests in those two nation's respective number one imports.
The official party line regarding the Vietnam War was that U.S. Forces were deployed to assist South Vietnam in its years long battle with the Viet Cong. Sadly, much of the western world's population seem to swallow every single word of it. More fool them.
It's just so ingenious. A visible, media driven war creates what is a "legitimate" profit in the government's eyes, through mass production of artillery, weaponry and ammunition, and all the while the real reason for invading a particular country is implemented with cloak and dagger. Drugs and oil. Oil and drugs. And their still nineteen-trillion dollars in the hole!
So onto the recent badmouthing of Mexico by Donald "Chapter 7" Trump. I know that he may seem stupid, and he probably is, but whoever is pulling the strings most certainly is not. The current hate campaign is a deliberately propagated and extremely deceitful ploy. Should the growing backlash against the American government and its many corrupt agencies, CIA included, continue to prosper and become potentially detrimental to their very existences, officials and operatives will have a legitimate fightback reason for existence as they seek to "quell" the fabricated threat that is Mexico. That should keep the fired up masses happy.
Now, according to U.S. word vomit, the Mexican Army are housing and training ISIS soldiers in preparation for an attack on U.S. soil. Okay then.
In 2007, members of the U.S. Army were secretly deployed to Bolivia on a covert mission to destroy a specified selection of CIA funded coca plantations. This was an evidence destroying mission. The heat had been coming down on operatives involved in the production scheme for some time as three whistleblowers had come forward and threatened to shine the spotlight on all of the wheelings and dealings that had taken place. The three coca growers (two Bolivians and one Peruvian) had grown sick and tired of the constant threats, intimidation and increasing violence between desperate farmers and as a result of their coming forward, they, along with their families, are now all dead. Let's not forget that the coca plant is perfectly legal in Bolivia, Peru, Colombia and the northern provinces of Argentina, as the leaves have been used for centuries to help prevent altitude sickness and a number of other ailments. Bolivia has since turfed the DEA out of the country on its ear and coca production has decreased as a result.
Nearly forty years after the CIA helped launch the Guadalajara Cartel, the cartel situation in Mexico has become quite grim. Over 160,000 Mexicans were murdered between 2007-2014, with a staggering 94% killed at the hands of drug cartels. In 2011, 193 members of the La Joya Ranch, a part of the San Fernando community, were slaughtered by the Los Zetas drug gang. In the same year in San Fernando itself, there were numerous bus hijackings, kidnapping of passengers and eventual mass killings. Murdered passengers were discovered by authorities in unmarked mass graves, with 59 bodies belonging to men, women, children and even dogs, being exhumed. Female victims were repeatedly raped before succumbing to a grizzly death, with some being forced to fight each other for their lives. The survivors became forced recruits of Los Zetas and those who attempted escape became murder victims themselves. These attacks were a means to an end for Los Zetas, whose numbers were dwindling, especially when compared to the Sinaloa and Michoacana cartels, whose extreme wealth and numbers are directly enabled by the CIA.
Drugs are the planet's most profitable resource. Drugs spike the budget of many U.S. agencies including the CIA. Drugs keep people quiet, and there's nothing that's more important to most governments in power around the world than to keep its constituents quiet.
Remain calm. Stay in your homes.
The CIA thanks you in advance.
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