Those Pesky Distractions

Transnational Organized Crime penetration has proceeded slowly but steadily not only in Asia where Myanmar and Afghanistan are the opium and heroin leaders but in Latin America it has managed to initiate phagocytosis of the institutional frameworks of Colombia, Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Paraguay.
Beatrice E. Rangel.
The west seems to be mesmerized by the speed and wholeness of the collapse of the NATO backed government in Afghanistan. But for any serious follower of that nation the handwritten was on the wall. For the last 10 years intelligence reports have been alerting about two unfolding events. First, the Taliban seemed to gain strength by the days flaunting modern and quite destructive cum expensive weapons and continuously recruiting young afghans whose coaches lived safely in Pakistan crossing the border to deliver their mortal training. Second, from 2001 Afghanistan is the leading world producer of heroin with a 90% share of world production. To ascertain the significance of this consider that more land is devoted in Afghanistan to opium production than all land devoted to coca production in Latin America.It was thus truly naive on the part of four US presidents to believe that nation building under the norms and regulations of the West stood a chance. Only a surgical operation of attrition to punish the Taliban leadership and to capture Bin Laden made sense. But the Western leadership of those days was distracted with the European unification, the development of a global communications and information highway and doping themselves with what was heralded as the end of history. As a result, the fact that Afghanistan had become the cradle of terrorist activity while recorded by Western intelligence services went unrecognized by le leaders of the free world.
Transnational Organized Crime penetration has proceeded slowly but steadily not only in Asia where Myanmar and Afghanistan are the opium and heroin leaders but in Latin America it has managed to initiate phagocytosis of the institutional frameworks of Colombia, Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Paraguay. Not to speak of the Caribbean where only Barbados seems to have escaped this scourge. But the United States and Europe are now focused in the fight against CoVid 19 with a sensible portion of their population playing Russian Roulette by resisting vaccination. Meanwhile in Peru the new government is coached by Evo Morales the former president of Bolivia who leads a coca production cartel in his country. Venezuela is a Rogue State which would make the founders of Port Royal blush. In Nicaragua Mr Ortega imprisons, exiles or plainly kills opponents resorting to the support of the drug traffickers to buy weapons. And all this goes on under the nose of the United States and Europe whose societies are slowly but surely being destroyed by Transnational Organized Crime. But we continue to focus on gender neutral education; subsidizing everything and everyone and clinging to the Industrial Era to the detriment of the digital economy. Should the West continue to be blind folded this century will end with guys like Al Capone presiding most Latin countries while governors and mayors will be gang leaders in training to become capos.

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