May 6, 2014
If you’ve been following the #Terrornoia and #Narconoia Updates lately, you’ll notice I haven’t been able to post on the Tuesday/Thursday schedule I initially set out to follow. Recent changes in my personal life have made keeping abreast of current events in a non-stop news cycle (especially anything involving foreign policy or world/international news) especially daunting.
With that bit of introduction, I must unfortunately place some of these contributions on indefinite hiatus.
I will continue to contribute to Traces of Reality in some capacity, I can assure you all.
In regards to anything that can fall under the rather broad category of “terrornoia” — that is to say, the criminal activity engaged in by these myriad deathsquads that operate under the black banner of Al Qaeda (formally “blessed” by Ayman Zawahiri or not) — I’d say there are plenty of voices already offering deep analysis and insight in context. My voice within this sphere is admittedly less crucial. Entire think tanks study this subject, and investigative journalists and bloggers write tomes to better understand the shadowy origins, as well as the present-day intrigue of this panic of our age.
With that in mind, I feel strongly that my voice and my thoughts when applied to the realm of “narconoia” would be much more valuable. As Guillermo and I have suggested time and again, the threat (if overblown for political purposes) from Mexico’s organized crime groups is much closer, more immediate, and mostly glossed over by conventional, English-language news media. Even the professionals and experts studying these “transnational criminal organizations” (TCOs) and drug-trafficking organizations (DTOs) get their facts wrong on occasion, misrepresenting reality and generating hysteria for the benefit of the national security state along the United States/Mexico “new world border.” Unfortunately, the “fog” eminating from Mexico’s drug war is especially thick and noxious: separating fact from fiction requires extensive distillation.
In examining these cellular, independent, but opportunistic narco groups — which are commonly oversimplified as Mexican drug cartels — I hope to fill a void left by sold-out American news networks and the clickbait-obsessed, so-called alternative media. In these link updates and blog posts, I hope to paint a picture revealing the epic failure that the joint U.S.-Mexican War on Drugs was, is, and always will be. Here, we will also observe how “narconoia” — the fear of “narco-terror” and cartel violence — plays into the bloodied hands of America’s modern militarized border security-surveillance industrial complex and its global war-machine. This, of course, while certain U.S. agencies and military units permit, facilitate, or outright actively support criminal trafficking operations amid the unending pursuit of informants and/or pliable regimes.
Of particular interest to me is the involvement of the United States in Mexico’s war on the narcos, and I’ll be commenting on this from time to time as well. Keep an eye out for a blog on this particular topic in the coming days.