An Intrusion of Reality

Never a Good Thing

by Fred Reed

(Editor’s note: The penultimate paragraph of this article is the most insightful analysis of Washington that I have seen in recent years, and one of the most compelling reasons for secession that could be stated.)

Things change, usually for the worse, and always against the innocent. (This truth is a principle of curmudgeonry.) When I came to Mexico some eight years ago, it was a peaceful, moderately successful upper-Third-World country—middle-class, barely, literate, though often barely, and as democratic as the United States, which is to say barely. Things were improving, though often they had a long way to go. The young were visibly healthier than preceding generations. The birth rate was in sharp decline. Women entered the professions in substantial and growing numbers.

And it was safe. Expats sat over coffee at the plaza laughing at people back in the States, insular, fearful, ignorant of the world outside their borders. (For recent college graduates, Mexico is a country south of the United States. “South” is down on maps.) Mexico, they believed, was most astonishing perilous. Don’t drink the water, avoid ice. Salads were thought especially lethal. The Federales would kill you for sport, like squirrels. On any given day, you would probably be shot several times by bandidos. It was nonsense.

Then Vicente Fox left office, and Felipe Calderon came in. He declared war on the narcotraficantes. Why he did this, I don’t know, since Mexico didn’t have a drug problem. My guess is that Washington pushed him into it, but I don’t know.

Unfortunately Mexico, which neither produces nor uses a lot of drugs, lies between Colombia, which produces vast amounts of drugs, and Americans, who want vast amounts of drugs. Washington does not want Americans to have vast amounts of drugs. Neither did it want to lose votes by imprisoning white users of drugs, such as college students, high-school students, professors, Congressmen, lawyers, and blue-collar guys driving bulldozers. The answer was to make Mexico fight Washington’s wars.

But Mexico couldn’t fight the narcos, because the United States was actually on the side of the traficantes. Does this sound counter-intuitive? What happened was that the narcos gave the Americans the huge quantites of drugs they wanted, and in return Americans gave the narcos huge amounts of money and military-grade weaponry: chiefly AK-47s,but also grenades and the occasional RPG. The Mexican police, lightly armed, barely paid, and utterly corrupt, could do nothing against these odds. The narcos had a further argument: Do what we say, and we will give you money. Otherwise, we will kill your family.

You figure it out.

The Mexican army doesn’t do a whole lot better. It is chieftly a disaster-relief outfit since it has nobody to fight. Mexico doesn’t want to invade Guatemala, and has not for some time been openly invaded by America, though truculo-louts north of the border urge this bright idea.

So Washington, to keep Americans from doing what in fact they are contentedly doing with no restriction and little inconvenience — using every drug know to man or beast — is wrecking yet another country.

The killing was for some time largely in the northern tier of states, Chihuahua, Tamaulipas, Durango, and of course Sinaloa, but now the states of Mexico, Guerrero, Michoacanand Jalisco decapitated bodies strewn about like cherry blossons in spring.

Jalisco, a state in west-central Mexico, contains Guadalajara, Lake Chapala, and me. Along the north shore of Lake Chapala lie Chapala, Ajijic, Jocotepec, and lesser towns inhabited by lots of expat gringos. These towns, as I say, were quiet when I arrived. You could wander home at two in the morning with little concer and a beer in hand. But now the narcos have arrived. Ergo:

A few weeks back in downtown Chapala there was a firefight with automatic weapons. A few days ago a police car on the local by-pass was attacked with automatic weapons. A few days more ago three bodies, buried by kidnappers, were found in Joco, and three local police were arrested for complicity. Various beheaded or chopped-up former people have surfaced locally, as well as a couple of meth labs. I could go on.

So far, gringos have not been targets. This may last. It may not. Still, things are out of control and getting crazier. For example, in Guerrero the narcos told the teachers in the schools of Acapulco to hand over half their pay in protection money, at which point many dozens of schools closed as teachers declined to attend. This comes close to qualifying the country as a disaster area which, without the narco wars, it wasn’t even close to being.

What does this mean for Americans? It depends on the Americans. If gringos begin to be attacked here, there will probably be a mass exodus back to the Northern Rubber Room. A few are already bugging out.

For Mexico, such a remigration would be a catastrophe. To simplify and approximate vigorously, Mexican law requires expats to have incomes of a thousand bucks a month.

Most have a lot more. I read that a million gringos live in Mexico. So, a thousand times a million times twelve is, well, a bunch of money annually. Losing it would unhelp the local economy, and probably send people toward the Rio Bravo in bathing suits.

Most Americans don’t care at all what happens in Mexico, or anywhere else they can’t actually see. However, it is hard to figure the advantage of having a major trading partner turn into Afghanistan with better music.

Conservative bozos of immoderate idiocy fantasize, as mentioned, of sending the Marines. Oh sure, that will work. The Pentagon couldn’t win a rigged lottery, much less a war. Mexico, especially in the godawful, broken, infernally impassibe mountains where the dream-weed grows, is perfect for displaying the clownish incapacity of the Nintendo military. The GIs don’t know the territory, most don’t know the language, the people, or the culture, but they can yell “Ooo-rah!”really well. That’s because it has only two syllables.

Nothing can change things except the utter collapse of the US economy and the burning of its cities, a singularity the other side of which is not visible. Any possible solution would require a decision. The US no longer does decisions. It can neither stop the drug traffic nor legalize it. It can neither win wars nor abandon them, neither make money nor stop spending it, neither stop immigration nor assimilate the immigrants. Washington can beat its thumb with a hammer, yes, and notice that it hurts, but it can’t stop beating its thumb. That would take a decision, and Washington doesn’t do decisions.

People email me, asking where I would go if I were trying to get out of the crumbling US before the roof falls in. Argentina. Thailand. Viet Nam. China. Pederably to a country without oil. Chile. Maybe Uruguay. Almost anywhere in Europe if you can afford it. Mexico is a fine place, but getting dicey. Very dicey.

©Violeta de Jesus Gonzalez Munguia
www.FredOnEverything.net

6 Responses to An Intrusion of Reality

  1. david7134 says:

    You made good points. The war on drugs is killing the US, yet no one seems to understand the destruction. I have never used illicit drugs, yet I have seen the results of people in the hospital. They are there because they get bad product, the result is AIDS, hep C and endocarditis. As tax payers we have to pick up there bills. I would estimate that at one of the larger charity hospitals in the US, 50% of the people were there due to drug problems brought on by the present enforcement.

    Then we have the issue of the feds lossing the war and knowing they are lossing and thus take the war to those of us that follow the rules. As a doctor, you can be sent to jail for writing a prescription for an excess number of pills. I am talking numbers in the order of giving 60 pills rather than 20. The number is variable and you only know you are in trouble when the cops are at the door. I have a chronic pain situation and can not get adequate treatment due to this policy. As a doctor I can not help people that hurt.

    Consider the number of people in jail for drug offenses and how much it cost. We could eliminate the debt by eliminating the DEA, the prisons, the courts (those drug related). Then start on the EPA and other agencies.

    I have no problem with people destroying themselves on drugs. That is there problem, not mine or the govenment. Consider the world where you could take care of yourself by going and getting what you need without having to see the govenment in the form of a doctor. This would reduce the cost of medical care, reduce the number of doctors.

    • richard says:

      I DO have a problem with people destroying themselves over drugs. Primarily because such violence IS SUPPORTED BY THE ATF.

      Yes, that’s right. uS government agents under the auspices of the bureau of Alcohol Firearms and Tobacco have provided over 30,000 firearms to Mexican drug lords.

      Why? To allow increased violence.
      Why? To get the uS population to beg the government for more restrictions on our freedoms.

      And being the gullible idiots that most Americans are…this will probably happen.

      This is an example of the further Nazification of America.

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  3. Dedicated_Dad says:

    I BELIEVE Mexico has those rules, doesn’t it?

    I know your pain – I too am regulated to living with severe & chronic pain, & just enough medicine to keep me from eating a gun.

    No way to live…

  4. david7134 says:

    If you allow people to have drugs, then you don’t have gangs, terrorist, ATF, or any of the other organizations that are supported by drug sales.

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