US Against Fentanyl: Another Hypocritical Crusade

The boasting of Republican legislators who proposed the militarization of the border with Mexico has once again revived the prejudice with which the United States continues to regard what it calls “the fight against drug trafficking”; It is, in fact, a crusade with political overtones that has served as an instrument of intervention for decades and has led to so many atrocities in the southern hemisphere.

It’s not that fentanyl trafficking into the United States, which these congressmen say they want to solve by trampling on their sovereignty with the help of the US military on home soil, has stymied relations between the two forced countries because of this proximity. crisis, “accept”.

In keeping with the inevitable importance that bilateral ties have in all areas, and above all in the economic sphere of Mexico, it can be argued that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador showed respect and prudence, although he always firmly defended his point of view. in matters that necessarily concern both nations and even Latin America.

And he was also able to demand that Washington take the same attitude towards his nation and the countries of Latin America.

This was his approach, for example, in the face of the acute problem of illegal emigration to the United States from Central America and the Caribbean. AMLO has approached this issue in a holistic way, rejecting repression and seeking to address its causes, knowing that poverty and insecurity are the causes of this flood of men, women and children in search of a better life… though many meet death occasionally.

In effect, Donald Trump’s policies forced Mexico to become a kind of barrier to stop illegal immigrants—a concrete one, after all, Congress never approved for Trump—at the risk of raising tariffs on Mexican goods entering the US market.

But AMLO has not only taken on this imposed “task” with humanity and respect for the integrity of undocumented immigrants caught on Mexican soil during the long and dangerous journeys to its northern border.

In addition, López Obrador suggested and helped the Central American countries that send the most migrants – Honduras and El Salvador – with the implementation of social plans through works such as reforestation. This not only promotes environmental health, but also creates thousands of jobs that reduce poverty, as happened in Mexico. At the same time, AMLO has asked Washington for the economic assistance these countries need.

Not surprisingly, therefore, the Mexican president has now responded to the Republican drug initiative with the same nationalist appeal and flatly rejected a proposal that would violate national sovereignty, pose a serious threat to stability, and fail to solve the problem. problem.

In support of their concern about illicit trafficking, the Mexican authorities have not only reported recent seizures of drug caches that have been made on their territory. AMLO has also asked pharmaceutical companies to explore the possibility of replacing the medical fentanyl used in his country with another pain reliever.

And he suggested that the United States fight against consumption, inside the first reason for the prosperity of the drug trade at all times and in all cases: on the one hand, poverty; but, on the other hand, the market.

Meanwhile, as the debate intensified, US President Joe Biden stood aside and remained silent after admitting before Congress in mid-February that fentanyl use kills 70,000 Americans a year.

The President, better on his feet than these legislators, spoke out in favor of “stopping fentanyl manufacture, trafficking and sale, using more drug-detecting machines to screen cargo, and stopping powder and pills at the border.” .

That would be a less dramatic and less harmful option.

However, according to analysts, Republicans and Democrats are now too busy in the US ahead of next year’s presidential election, and obviously any decision or public announcement is marked by this course.

Others point out that the ultimate goal of the Republican fuss is China as the real target, as raw materials are said to end up in laboratories supposedly processing fentanyl in Mexico, although Obrador said the drug is not manufactured. there.

Lies of the Crusades

Republican Congressmen Dan Crenshaw of Texas and Mike Waltz of Florida launched the initiative on January 12, which also coincided with the kidnapping of four American tourists on Mexican soil, two of whom were found dead. That is why there are also voices in the US for a denomination that is equally
Dangerous: Mexico’s drug cartels are branded as terrorist organizations.

The so-called “Authorization to Use Military Force” (AUMF, its abbreviation in English) allowed the use of US soldiers on the southern border for five years and the deployment of military intelligence resources there, but be careful!, because when citing this initiative, the Mexican The Excelsior newspaper reported that the use of US military forces would also be allowed to “carry out other related activities that cause regional destabilization in the Western Hemisphere.”

By the way, this proposal would allow the President of the United States to use “necessary and appropriate” forces against any foreign state, organization or person associated with groups that the President (!) determines.

The persistent retrograde look, lust for power, and hypocrisy of US sectors of power in all things Third World are resurfacing.

The militarization of the border with Mexico to stop fentanyl trafficking is a disrespectful, interventionist and irrational proposal and is in line with the style of forcible destruction of coca leaves, which in the 1980s and up to the 2000s
Washington implemented it in countries like Peru and Bolivia under the guise of bailout packages that played so little role in countries hitherto doomed to poverty, among other things, because of the nature of their governments.

The same could apply to the so-called Plan Columbia, which in the 1990s, and also at the end of this century, justified millionaire military aid from the Pentagon to actually take over the fight against the insurgency; and facilitated the presence of thousands of American advisers and military personnel in this country, the occupation and use of seven military bases, and the deployment of anti-guerrilla and Washington hawk-proof satellite surveillance equipment of everything that moved in South America.

Now the threat, as we see, can once again spread to the entire region.

In addition, in the midst of the debate on this subject, revelations as interesting as those formulated a few days ago by the American newspaper Los Angeles Times were made.

It turns out that the United States is responsible for fentanyl trafficking in more than just a supply market, as it is a large consumer. In addition, the text alleges, the United States has helped arm Mexico’s drug trafficking networks since their inception.

According to the article, it is estimated that more than 200,000 weapons enter Mexico from the United States each year; More than 90 percent of the weapons used in crime in Mexico and traced originate in the US, he said, mostly from Arizona and Texas.

So how are we? Continuing to look for a straw in someone else’s eye is, to put it mildly, a mess that could lead to new catastrophes in Latin America.

Source: Juventud Rebelde


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