Guzmán 2013

swimmerguy's picture

I just wrote this on Facebook:

So, Kony 2012. Who remembers that?
It certainly seems to have died down.
And now that it has, I can evaluate it better.

The first time I saw their video I instantly supported it and posted it on my FB wall, something I wish I'd waited to do. I wish I'd actually really looked at the issue and the charity, rather than taking what they say wholesale.
I know now that Joseph Kony's glory days are long past, his lieutenants are being captured, and he himself is running around the jungle with a militia of about 500, and also no longer in Uganda.
Not to say, of course, that he can't still do damage of any kind, he can, but still.

One thing you can say about the Kony 2012 video is that it was effective, for a time. The video was a little weird, with cuts to Saturn's rings for some reason, a huge focus on this guy's kid, rather than the actual issue, a variety of misleading statements, and an odd White Man's Burden sounding sentiment throughout.

You can say, I guess, that it was still a good thing, as it spread awareness of Kony, and awareness usually begets action. But most of the action, really, was buying bumper stickers and putting up posters. And then people forgot about it.

But worse, drawing huge attention to a relatively insignificant issue tends to draw attention away from the much more significant issues.
For a great example, you don't need to go any farther than just south of the border, in Mexico.

Recently, the government there started a huge crackdown on the drug cartels, which has started a kind of 3 sided war.
In one corner, you have the Mexican government, fighting against all of the cartels (sometimes, when they're not being bribed, or helping them).

In the second corner, you have the Los Zetas alliance, consisting of Los Zetas ("The Zs"), the Tijuana Cartel, the Juarez Cartel, and until recently when it was destroyed, the Beltrán-Leyva Cartel.
The Los Zetas Cartel is widely known as the most high-tech and sophisticated criminal organization in Mexico. Originally, Los Zetas was an arm of the Mexican Army, their most highly trained, special forces wing, before they broke off to deal drugs.
Thus, they have night vision goggles, RPGs, sophisticated surveillance and combat tactics, and large planes, including 747's, to fly cocaine from Columbia, where it's grown with the help of local militias, as well as to Africa, where they have airstrips in order to smuggle drugs into Europe. They are widely considered perhaps powerful enough to take down the entire political process of the country.

In the third corner, you have the Sinaloa Federation. A more recent and temporary alliance whose main players are the Gulf Cartel, which used to be hugely powerful, but is now only a shadow of its former self, and the Sinaloa Cartel, which has long been the world's most powerful criminal organization, until the rise of Los Zetas has been threatening its position.

The Los Zetas alliance and the Sinaloa Federation are bitter rivals that have been battling with each other and with the Mexican government. They rule through brutality, which creates a vicious circle.
When your rival leaves a headless body hanging from an overpass, your only choice is to up that with 14 severed heads in a cooler in front of city hall. But what do you do when your rivals massacre 49 civilians outside town?

Needless to say, the drug world in Mexico is a dynamic one, and very often kingpins are imprisoned or killed. There is one recent exception though:
A man named Joaquín Guzmán Loera, also known as "El Chapo" (The Shorty, he's only 5'6") has been leader of the Sinaloa Cartel since the early '90s.
In 1993, he was captured and put in prison in Mexico, but that didn't stop him. He continued to govern his cartel from prison, and bribed nearly everyone working in the prison, including the warden. He waited until 2001, then his prison guard opened his cell door, he walked out, guards drove him away, and let him get out of the car, and he ran off.
It's been estimated his escape cost him more than $2 million.

Of course, that's barely anything to El Chapo. He's literally a billionaire, his wealth has been compared to that of former Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, a man so rich he spent $2500 each month just on rubber bands to wrap his hundred dollar bills, and needed entire warehouses to store his $100 bill bricks.
He is one of the richest men in Mexico.

Forbes published a list in 2008, in coordination with global law enforcement officials to find the 10 most wanted fugitives in the world. El Chapo was second, until upon the death of Osama Bin Laden, he was moved up to #1, the most wanted fugitive on Earth.

And yet, as powerful and influential as Guzmán is, the rapid rise of the Los Zetas Cartel is what has US drug officials scared, afraid it might bring down the Mexican government.
So in response to this, they've decided to arm the Sinaloa Cartel, Los Zetas' bitter rival, in an attempt to bring them down. Not only that, they let the Sinaloa Federation fly a 747 cargo plane of cocaine into US air space unmolested.

Now, I think a lot of you probably know Ermo, Eric. Obviously, he's one of my Mexican friends, and I make fun of him a lot about how much fucking crime Mexico has, just as he makes jokes about Germany to me, and one of the ways I make fun of him is by saying that since we had Kony 2012, we'll probably have Guzmán 2013.
And yet, it's also kind of serious. Guzmán 2013 would be frankly a more worthy goal than Kony 2012, both in the size of the problem, and the proximity, right South of us.
So if you truly want to have a public awareness campaign about catching someone, I swear: Guzmán 2013.
(or, of course, just fucking legalize all drugs already, and have the huge drug profits switch to legitimate companies, rather than violent drug cartels. That's the best option...)

Comments

Dracofangxxx's picture

Wow.

Wish I actually gave a shit about anything on the news so I could comment on this, but I don't, so eh.

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That's redick!

Dracofangxxx's picture

Double post.

so I'll just fill this with a random fact- Did you know spiders, when they're mating, break off their penis appendage (pedipalp) and it continues to ejaculate while simultaneously blocking other males from mating with the female?

Like imagine that, if it happened to you. You're gettin' dirty and then BAM he breaks his dick of inside you and runs.

I think I'd take mine out, deep freeze it, and save it for later.

~the more you know, kiddies~
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That's redick!

Tycoondashkid's picture

WTF?!

that was terrify spiders like *squeak, squeak, squeak* "AAAAAAHHHHHHHHH MY DICK"

so you want a Dicksickle? first your Bushwolf and now you want a Dicksickle, dam you should be in a Monster Movie

Tycoondashkid's picture

wrong actually

Kony's been dead for a couple of years and unactive before that.

see i done research as soon as i seen it don't forget Invisable Children.

they were imposing Christianity in Africa, and supporting the Kill the Gay's bill too. they have killed American's too by firebombing Abortion clinics too

and do i need anything about their leader?

technically they are a terrorist group, not as bad as PETA and ALF but bad enough

elph's picture

Kony's dead?

Link, please.

I think you must mean that wherever he's hiding, he's left with only a few ragtags?

Tycoondashkid's picture

no i mean dead as in DEAD

http://www.scam.com/showthread.php?p=1147768

this is the best i can do for now, it was on the news and newspapers, its sort of been replaced by cannibals now, and the most reliable newspaper in Scotland for some reason deletes its old bits

elph's picture

No... "believed" to be dead...

Whatever... invisible children could quite easily have been an opportunistic scam. Not really too interesting any longer. As swimmerguy has rightfully noticed, there are so many current and equally egregious injustices on an international scale that are being blithely granted a "pass."

Just one example: The illegal (by international law) creation of "foreign" settlements on Palestinian land! No meaningful challenge to the usurpers because of the politicians' fear of losing votes back home... :(

Tycoondashkid's picture

what about Syria?

everyone forgets about Syria

elph's picture

Yeah... Syria, too

But that is an internal problem... It's not an instance involving cynical international politics, personal political ambitions, and a feigned willingness to "believe" that it's all in fulfillment of God's will... all collectively conspiring to systematically prevent the Palestinians from ever forming a viable country of their own... :(

Tycoondashkid's picture

BUT

we should resolve Syria before it becomes the new Rwanada, before it gets to be the worst war in 50 years

elph's picture

Who're the "we"...

...you speak of?

Tycoondashkid's picture

Great Britannia and the USA

duh

elph's picture

And...

By whose authority?

Tycoondashkid's picture

no ones

but what happened last time a conflict like this rose and the Belgians did nothing, then it wasn't just war, once one group gained power it didn't end after the war it continued through Genocide

and the Time before that The British & French Empires along with the USSR stood idley by as Germany rose and scroged a path through Europe leaving Millions dead by war and Millions more dead in camps through Genocide

Elph, it won't end with the war.

elph's picture

Then...

Why bother?

Tycoondashkid's picture

Because Elph

a more succsessful nation (pretty much every Western European and North America nation) has higher influence and a more professional army and Special forces (SAS of Britain rated to be the best in the planet) and put a end to this thing before it does become a genocide

and if we sit by and idly fret over nothing, there will be a genocide and you know what? it will happen again and again and again unless the process gets interferred with, elph, what if some nation brakes it and saves Millions of lives elph what happens then? PEOPLE WILL BE ALIVE

lonewolf678's picture

No one's forgotten Syria.

It's just that no one seems to care.

Tycoondashkid's picture

People SHOULD Care

its much more important than Uganda is.

if they faked having oil i bet America would be all Syria 2012

Bosemaster42's picture

World's problems

The U.S. government is it's own worst enemy quite frankly. Yes, often times our armed forces are used as a global police force. Usually, the U.S. is asked to intervene by foreign countries. Unfortunately, this same government works covertly to supply and arm groups that seek democracy. History dictates this has blown up in our govt. face many times. The fact we are allied with Israel is the number one reason why our country is hated in the entire arab world. Israel has and continues to commit their own atrocities against arabs, specifically the Palistinians. It's seems like a continuous catch-22 with no end in sight short of total destruction. Syria is a time-bomb. You are witnessing genocide with what's going on there. It would take a multi-national effort. If the U.S. gets into another war over there, I fear it will cause an economic collapse of our country. Fuck, I hate politics. Sorry for blabbing.

Tycoondashkid's picture

its sort of the same with Britain

we use our Armies to Be Kings of the Old World (Europe, Asia and North Africa) although we are by the Arabians too America is getting pissed too because we have some Allies that America disagrees with.

not Just America Getting involved it would make sense for several Nations to get involved

although it could be like the Falklands War where Argentina Invaded the Falkland Islands and New Sandwich (that last one really pissed of Scotland) and Britain prepared for the worst and prepared Nukes and sent Elites down there and the Argentinians surrendered, but that War had such a high Chance of causing WW3 as 3 other nations would have joined in if it lasted longer