And there can be little doubt as to the horror of what's been happening; WordPress.Com reports on one particularly heinous incident that occurred recently on the Mexican side of the border:
ABC News' Chris Bury writes:
VIOLENCE IS SPREADING TO THE U.S. - AND
Stories abound about American girls being kidnapped and used as "in-house" prostitutes by the drug gangs.
"My daughter made a phone call about 4:15 in the morning," Slemaker said. "The concert finished about 3:30, 3:40. She was about five blocks from the international bridge, coming to the U.S. to have breakfast on this side. And that's the last anybody ever heard from her ... At this moment, we're just waiting for a miracle, because I'm still waiting for my daughter," said his wife, Maria Slemaker. "I want to know where she is. Even if she's not here, I have the right to know. I have the right to have her here in my hands, even if she's not alive anymore." The unsolved disappearances have frustrated American authorities, who say they have no jurisdiction in Mexico but fear the drug cartels -- and even local police on their payroll -- are probably involved."
Like most people, John Montoya of the U.S. Border Patrol blames the violence on the drug wars; he says:
"The Laredo area is the key ingress into the United States. It's called a gateway city, not only into Mexico but into the United States as well. They use Interstate 35 to transport their illegal narcotics. They attempt to set up their infrastructure and their bases of operation not only on the Mexican side but on the U.S. side.
"Each day it is estimated that more than 6,000 trucks carrying 40 percent of all Mexican exports come through Laredo. The cartels use the trucks, the warehouses and the interstate to move most of the cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine that reaches the United States. It's a booming business worth $10 million a day, according to a senior agent at the Drug Enforcement Agency."
General Francisco "Pancho Villa" with his general staff in 1913. Villa is in grey suit in center.
Now, that isn't to say that there isn't a lot of drugs being "trafficked" along the Mexican border, but that's been going on for a long time. Why all the interest now? - Because a "PEOPLE'S REVOLUTION" is brewing in Mexico; one very similar to Mexico's 1911 Revolution; one that is threatening U.S. interests there - and the U.S. is looking for a pretext to intervene in that country in order to stop it?
NOTE: The Mexican Revolution (Spanish: Revolución Mexicana) was a major armed struggle that started in 1910. It was the first of the great SOCIALIST revolutions of the 20th century. The Revolution in the north of Mexico was led by José Doroteo Arango Arámbula, better known as Francisco "Pancho" Villa. The Revolution in the south was led by Emiliano Zapata Salazar. Both leaders were later assassinated by gunmen paid for by American corporate interests - most probably working under the auspices of the Union Oil Company. [Please see our article, "The Bolivarian Revolution Reaches America's Southern Border."]
The corporate media is making much about the supposed "similarities" between what's occurring in Pakistan and what's happening in Mexico. Cooke says that, yes, there are similarities - but they are not what they are being portrayed as. He writes:
"There is in fact a real connection between Mexico and Pakistan that's worth discussing, though you'd never hear it mentioned in the mainstream media. Both countries have governments that are virtual pawns of the U.S. and, as such, are having a difficult time with their native populations as they attempt to please their real bosses - U.S. mega-corporations and rich investors.
"And these bosses can be demanding. For example, in Pakistan the U.S. dominated International Monetary Fund (IMF) is demanding that Pakistan privatize state-owned banks, railways, power plants, water, insurance, factories, etc. - so that U.S. corporations and investors can buy them at discount rates for private profit." [Please see our article, "The U.S. Turns Its Vile Attention to Pakistan;" please also see our article, "The Versailles Phenomenon."]
|Lusting after Mexico's oil|
"In Mexico, the same U.S. groups are lustfully eyeing Mexico's number one source of national revenue: the state oil company (PEMEX). Mexican companies and natural resources had already been gobbled-up by U.S. corporate vultures long before NAFTA came into effect, though this trade agreement intensified the trend, making it a good place to begin if one is to have any understanding of the current political situation in Mexico." [Again, please see our article, "The Bolivarian Revolution Reaches America's Southern Border."]
Cooke states the obvious; that an economic sphere as large as NAFTA - especially one that has been oriented towards serving the interests of the ultra-rich - can only be held together by BRUTE military force:
"NAFTA is in fact more than a trade agreement, it's a trade bloc, the size of which rivals the European Union as the world's largest. A trade bloc is essentially an agreement between countries on economic integration, which inevitably includes varying levels of political and military agreements. Also, every trade bloc has a dominant member - which in NAFTA's case is the U.S.
"When NAFTA was enacted, a new flood of U.S. corporate and private investment flooded into Mexico, requiring that this money be well protected. For the international investor, political instability of any kind is bad for business. This is in fact why NAFTA was extended into the "Security and Prosperity Agreement," which provides U.S. security (military) aid to protect the NAFTA-created prosperity (investments) inside of Mexico."
NOTE: In 1994, NAFTA started with a rosy picture to increase jobs and exports in Mexico. Although the number of jobs and exports indeed increased, it did not benefit the people in Mexico but only the global corporations. Crushing increases in poverty and income inequality have occurred. For example,
It was not a fair trade: NAFTA demanded an end to Mexican farm subsidies while allowing generous U.S. factory farm subsidies.
U.S. corn and grain has flooded the Mexican market, bankrupting nearly one million Mexican farmers.
When corn farmers in Chiapas rebel and demand reforms, the U.S. increases aid to Mexico's army, which engages in suppression.
- About 85% of the rural labor force goes from poor to destitute. Masses migrate to the cities to search for work.
Thousands of U.S. corporations outsource jobs to desperate, poorly paid and mistreated Mexican workers in the "maquiladoras" along the border.
This year the Mexican presidential candidate [i.e., Obrador] who promised to suspend the implementation of NAFTA claims to have won the presidency but says his victory was stolen in election fraud by business interests.
|American soldiers shamelessly being used by the rich in defense of their investments in Mexico|
"We [i.e., the IMF] act as a potent deterrent against [foreign] government actions that may adversely affect investments. And even if disputes do arise, our leverage with host governments frequently enables us to resolve differences to the mutual satisfaction of all parties. Such security [insofar as the investments of America's "richy-riches are concerned] is ultimately guaranteed by the U.S. military."
And there can be no doubt that - given the deterioration of the world economy - American investments in Mexico need extra protection. In Mexico, this deterioration promises to continue with a severe impact on the poor of Mexico; there are a number of reasons for this phenomenon:
Commodities coming in from the U.S. because of NAFTA promise to out-compete and destroy Mexican farmers and businesses.
Mexico is highly dependent on high oil prices that have since plummeted.
Mexico is highly dependent on U.S. foreign investors whose investments have tapered off (because of the recession)
Mexican exports to the U.S. - 80% of its total exports - have sharply declined because of U.S. workers' inability to consume them.
Remittances from Mexicans living in the U.S. have dropped sharply due to the recession.
|The poor in Mexico|
Currently, some 14 million families in Mexico cannot afford to buy the basic food basket to support a family. Migration to the United States has long been looked upon as Mexico's social pressure escape valve; but the combination of stricter border controls, workplace and community raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) leading to increased deportations (and now the economic downturn in the U.S. economy) all appear to be tightening up the lid, jamming up the valve, and turning up the fire under the pressure cooker.
|The Zapatista Revolutionary Movement|
It began on January 1st, 1994 when a guerrilla movement "suddenly materialized" in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas near the Guatemalan border.
One of the goals of the movement was declared to be the repudiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement - a goal which caused bemused snickering in American elitist circles - after all, what could uneducated Mexican peasants possibly know about NAFTA? The movement called itself the Zapatista Army of National Liberation - named after Mexico's great revolutionary, Emiliano Zapata Salazar. The movement's leader was a mysterious hooded figure calling himself "Sub-Comandante Marcos." [Please see our article, "Chiapas: The Effect of the New World Order on the Poor."]
Elitist snickering or not, the so-called "international investor community" hasn't been laughing with regard to the Zapatistas; indeed, there is a good deal of evidence that they have been thrown into a panic by the revolt. Now, with what's happening in Mexico as a result of the deteriorating standard of living of Mexico's poor, the "investor community" has been gripped by a red-hot terror insofar as the safety of their "investments" in Mexico are concerned; they remember the Revolution of 1911.
|Andrés Manuel López Obrador and his "parallel" leftist government|
Obrador claims that he was robbed of the 2006 election by Mexico's current president, Felipe Calderón - and Obrador has the power to mobilize millions of Mexicans against the current government - most of whom come from among the working class and the poor. [Please see our article, "Obrador's Parallel Leftist Government in Mexico City."]
He has put forth an "anti-crisis plan" that calls on the government to:
Cancel all increases in the prices of gasoline, diesel, gas, and electricity.
Increase the budget destined for the countryside.
Construct three refineries so Mexico, an oil producing country, won't have to buy refined fuel from abroad.
Carry out a program of public works to reactivate the economy and to generate jobs.
Increase the public budget destined for youth as a social investment giving educational stipends to all students.
Create a food budget for older adults, beginning with the indigenous population and the urban and rural poor.
López Obrador's appeal and his movement are almost certain to grow. Behind Obrador stands a plethora of labor groups who are also raging against American corporate interests in Mexico.
The National Union of Workers (UNT) and the Mexican Union Front (FSM) have been in a nearly constant state of mobilization against U.S. interests in Mexico and America's puppet government, the regime of Felipe Calderón.
They have sought to protect the Mexican Petroleum Company and the Light and Power Company of Central Mexico from "privatization" through a series of national mobilizations - A FACT THAT HAS ENRAGED AMERICAN CORPORATE INTERESTS THAT WANT TO "PRIVATIZE" THE COMPANY AND GOBBLE IT UP.
Then there is the Mexican Miners and Metal Workers Union (SNTMMRM) which has been on strike at Grupo Mexico's Cananea copper mine and other mines for more than a year in a fight against American corporate interests.
The Calderón government has removed Miners Union leader Napoleón Gómez Urritia from office, accused him of embezzling more than US$50 million, and driven him into exile in Vancouver, British Columbia, from where for more than a year he has led the union - much to the chagrin of the Calderon government.
|Establishing a "People's
Government" in Oaxaca
And the U.S. government had better hurry if they want to stop socialism in Mexico: in Oaxaca a "PEOPLE'S GOVERNMENT" was recently declared to the horror of the "American investor community." [Please see our article, "Shock and Awe."]
A "PEOPLE'S GOVERNMENT?" - There's nothing so frightening in the "Lexicon of the richy-riches" than this: it bespeaks SOCIALISM and COMMUNISM - and ultimately, the confiscation of America's ill-gotten "investments" in Mexico.
Indeed, it was the establishment of a "PEOPLE'S GOVERNMENT" in Oaxaca that was the proximate cause of Calderon's so-called declaration of war against Mexico's drug traffickers - really an excuse to make war against the Mexican poor. Cooke elaborates on what's been happening:
"The current President of Mexico, Felipe Calderon, first announced the 'war on drugs' in circumstances that led many to question his motives. For example, millions of people in Mexico rightly believe that Calderon stole the 2006 election. The resulting mass protests destabilized his incoming government, forcing him to be sworn in under conditions of secrecy. At the same time, an extraordinary uprising in the state of Oaxaca led to a people's government headed by a democratically elected Popular Assembly (APPO). To ensure the incoming president a somewhat stable beginning - as well as assuring corporate investments in Oaxaca remained untouched - exiting President Vincente Fox turned to the Mexican Federal Police to crush the movement, using the proven tactics of paramilitary squads; "disappearances," assassinations, illegal detentions, etc. (between 2007 and 2008, 1,602 such incidents of human rights violations were officially reported to the government's National Commission on Human Rights).
Mexican troops suppressing the
"People's Government" in Oaxaca
The war being prosecuted by the Mexican government in coordination with the Americans resembles very much the war carried on by the American and Honduran governments against the poor in Honduras twenty years ago. [We URGE you to see our articles, "The Horror Of John Dimitri Negroponte And Everything He Represents" and "The Death Squads: Bringing In The Kingdom Of God Through Terror, Torture And Death."]
|Liberty at the Barricades in Oaxaca|
|Water cannons being used on peaceful demonstrators in Oaxaca|
"It was under these conditions that President Felipe Calderon declared his 'war on drugs'. The Mexican newspaper El Univeral pointed out the obvious: 'The challenge for Calderón is not just in Oaxaca ... the federal government is going to have to intervene [elsewhere in Mexico] if they don't want to see movements like the one in Oaxaca'."
And that's what Laura Carlson, director of the Mexico City-based Americas Policy Program of the Center for International Policy, believes as well - THAT THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT'S SO-CALLED WAR ON DRUGS IS NOTHING MORE THAN A PRETEXT FOR THE GOVERNMENT - UNDER THE IMPRESS OF AMERICAN CORPORATE INTERESTS - TO SUPPRESS THE GROWING FERVOR OF THE MEXICAN PEOPLE FOR REVOLUTION.
Cooke goes on to expose the fact that under the rubric of the War on Drugs, the Mexican government has sent tens of thousands of Mexican army and federal police into the streets of Mexico, and violations of human rights have exploded in the process. In 'Operation Chihuahua', a major campaign in the 'Drug War', the Mexican army rounded up political activists and opposition leaders who had previously led protests against NAFTA. Another extreme violation of human rights occurred in the Mexican region of Atenco, where activists were targeted and tortured, and a whole community was terrorized by the Mexican federal police to crush opposition to government policy. According to Cooke, all this reveals the lie at the heart of Calderon's so-called "War on Drugs."
|Is this what the American army is all about? - or is it tyranny that is its new master?|
Cooke goes on to state the obvious: "An apt comparison can be made to the U.S. government's equally-ridiculous 'War on Terror', which has also led to human and constitutional rights' violations, while being based on similar motives."
In 2008 the ante was upped in Mexico insofar as America's support of that country's war against the people of Mexico: The Merida Initiative was passed in the US Congress - also known as Plan Mexico (based on the similar "plan" in Colombia). This agreement adds billions of dollars in U.S. military aide to Mexico, including "counter-narcotics, counter-terrorism, and border security." [Please see our article, "Colombia: America's New Vietnam."] PLAN MERIDA GIVES THE U.S. MILITARY THE LEGAL RIGHT TO INTERVENE DIRECTLY IN MEXICO UNDER THE RUBRICK OF THE SO-CALLED "WAR ON DRUGS."
And it seems that this is exactly what the U.S. is planning to do - that is, provided that the government (and the elites working behind the scene) can "amp" up the American public's hysteria insofar as the violence on the border is concerned.
One has only to consider the words of Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman, Admiral Mike Mullen, who recently updated President Obama on the emerging "security threat" in Mexico, and the enhanced cooperation between the U.S. and Mexican militaries through Plan Mexico.
This meeting happened after a week of particularly virulent U.S. media hysterics over drug cartel violence spilling over into the U.S. Mullen suggested that Washington "... give Mexico the same military assistance in counterinsurgency tactics used against Islamist militants in Iraq and Afghanistan ..."
My heavens!! - The same counterinsurgency help that the U.S. has given the governments of Afghanistan and Iraq? What is Mullen suggesting? - A full-fledged invasion of Mexico by the U.S. military?
|High- ranking American
advisors in Mexico
Nonetheless, that appears to be what's happening today in Mexico - and there can be no question that what's going on resembles the "counterinsurgency" activity that was happening in Iraq prior to the DIRECT involvement of U.S. military forces there.
Brian Wilson (Santa Cruz Veterans for Peace) reports:
"The flow of US military equipment to Mexico is accelerating. Many armaments are being sold to Mexico by US commercial arms exporters. Others are being transferred from the Pentagon as excess military equipment. Meetings between the Secretaries of Defense of Mexico and the US culminated in formal agreements providing substantial equipment and stepped-up military, police, intelligence, and counterinsurgency training for the Mexican security forces. The Mexican government has proudly admitted receiving 'extensive covert intelligence support and training' to help 'shape a network of anti-drug troops (really, a counterinsurgency network) around the country'.
"We now know that the US Special Forces at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina have been training thousands of Mexican soldiers and officers into an elite force of air mobile special forces groups. The training is ostensibly to fight drug trafficking, but it prepares them for counterinsurgency operations as well. The Pentagon has given Mexico 73 Huey helicopters to facilitate air assault capabilities specifically for these troops. Elements of these forces are reported operating around various Indigenous communities in Chiapas with night surveillance equipment. They were reported to be in Acteal on Christmas day, just three days after the massacre. A unit of these forces was recently implicated in kidnappings, torture, and a murder in the state of Jalisco.
American trained death
squads operating in Mexico
"The CIA is training, equipping, and providing operational support for 90 carefully selected Mexican officers for an elite army intelligence force. Mexican helicopter pilots are training at Ft. Rucker, Alabama in night vision combat and intelligence operations. Helicopter mechanics are in training at Lackland AFB in Texas. There are currently more Mexican military officers in training at the infamous School of the Americas (SOA) than from any other Latin American country. A number of the hundreds of SOA graduates are known to have been or are currently involved in military operations against Indigenous communities in Chiapas, Oaxaca, and Guerrero.
"The DEA has at least four dozen agents working in Mexico. There are an admitted dozen or so FBI agents in southern Mexico training various police and security units in topics such as the "use of necessary force" to protect society. On December 9, 1997, the FBI conducted training for various Chiapan police forces only 13 days prior to the massacre at Acteal."
Death squads operating in Oaxaca
The infamous massacre at Acteal was a combined U.S. / Mexican planned counterinsurgency operation, and a number of well-substantiated rumors have surfaced that Americans (in plain clothing) were DIRECTLY involved. The operation was designed to "put the fear of God" into the indigenous population which had been supporting the Zapatistas. Journalist Joseph Green details what happened in Acteal:
|Massacre at Acteal - American advisors were present|
"On December 22, in the Mexican state of Chiapas, a paramilitary gang went into the village of Acteal in the municipality of Chenalho and, for over four hours, murdered in cold blood as many people as they could. Using AK-47 assault rifles with dum-dum shells and other weapons, they chased down and killed 45 Tzotzil Indians, mostly women and children, and wounded dozens more. They focused on refugees from other villages who were seeking sanctuary in Acteal. Local Mexican police and government officials, notified of the murders as they took place, refused to go to the aid of the people in Acteal.
"Both local and national officials of the Mexican government have portrayed the massacre in Acteal as simply internecine feuds among the Tzotzil Indians over land, religion, or local grievances. In fact, the Acteal massacre was organized and protected by Mexican government officials.
"Local officials knew what was going on during the massacre and sat on their hands. Even investigators from the Mexican government's own National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) hold that police knew was what going on and did nothing: At police checkpoint only 1. 5 miles from Acteal, the gunfire should have been clearly audible, and escaping villagers told the police what was happening. Within an hour of the start of the massacre, Catholic priests had also notified the state police about gunfire in Acteal and called the office of the governor of the state, Julio Cesar Ruiz Ferro, but neither the state police nor Ruiz Ferro did anything. The mayor of Chenalho, Jacinto Arias Cruz, knew what was going on, but did nothing. In fact, it is now known that local police actual captured the murderers hours after the massacre, but released them with their weapons after finding out that they were part of a government death squad." [Again, we URGE you to see our articles, "The Horror Of John Dimitri Negroponte And Everything He Represents" and "The Death Squads: Bringing In The Kingdom Of God Through Terror, Torture And Death."]
|More dead at Acteal - bodies left out in the open as a warning|
|Save our investments!|
IT IS PRECISELY THIS FAILURE OF THE "SECRET WAR" IN MEXICO - AS BRUTAL AS IT HAS BEEN - THAT HAS LED TO ALL THE HUE AND CRY AGAINST "DRUG-TRAFFICING" BY THE ELITE MEDIA IN RECENT DAYS.
The elites have come to believe that the "Secret War against Mexico's Poor" needs to come out of the shadows; it is going to have to be prosecuted in the open and with the same kind of BRUTALITY that the U.S. has used in Iraq. [Please see our article, "Sowing the Seeds of the Gog/Magog War."]
Mexican police being trained by americans in torture.
Nonetheless - and despite all the hoopla of the Obama Administration to pretend that it is doing more to "stamp out" the so-called "Drug War" in Mexico - Obama is doing his best to resist the calls by America's corporate elites for the U.S. to intervene DIRECTLY (and militarily) in Mexico.
The fact is, the administration is NOT committing any new funds to the "War on Drugs" in Mexico; it is instead relying heavily on existing funds (much of it under the multiyear, $1.4-billion Merida Initiative established by the Bush administration) and personnel redeployments where critics (i.e., the corporate elites whose "investments" are being threatened in Mexico) say new money and manpower are needed.
These elites are pressing their "case" directly on the American people through such new outlets as FOX news.
|SEAN HANNITY - Conservative stooge|
Even CNN has joined the stampede to pressure Obama to involve American troops in propping up the Mexican oligarchy in the interests of the American elites.
|ANDERSON COOPER -
Stooge for the elites!
How long Obama will be able to stave off the insistence of the elites to intervene in Mexico is anyone's guess - and the longer he resists, the more he is putting himself in extreme danger. One should not underestimate the cold-heartedness of the elites with regard to this matter; that's what Kennedy did in Cuba and Vietnam - AND HE PAID FOR IT WITH HIS LIFE. [Please see our article, "A Revolt against Elite Power Is in the Air, and the Elites Are Breathing Fire against It;" please also see our articles, "MK-Ultra: The Search for the Manchurian Candidate" and "Conspiracy Theories."]
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