Monday, May 21, 2007

Venezuela Blows Up the D.E.A.'s Spot

Estaban haciendo una gran cantidad de traslado de droga bajo la figura de entrega vigilada... nosotros pudimos determinar que estábamos en presencia evidentemente de un nuevo cartel (they were making a large quantity of drug shipments under the pretense of monitoring them.. we were able to determine the presence of a new drug cartel).Pedro Carreño, Minister of the Interior, Venezuela

Last year I wrote about the the so-called "War on Drugs" in Latin America and how it is in fact a cover for the U.S.'s drug wars to protect its financial interest in cocaine trafficking. What I neglected to mention was that the U.S.'s drug wars are part of a political strategy as well. Fortunately Chavez's government called the U.S. out on this issue earlier this month in response to criticism from the White House that Venezuela was not cooperating with the U.S. in curbing cocaine smuggling. Minister of the Interior Pedro Carreño explained to the Associated Press that his government ended its cooperation with the U.S. D.E.A. in 2005 because the agency wasn't making any arrests or smashing any cartels. Instead it was smuggling huge amounts of blow through the country. In effect the D.E.A. was itself operating as a drug cartel. Morever the authorities in Venezuela discovered that the U.S. D.E.A. had infiltrated government intelligence agencies and represented a threat to national security. Thus it would appear that the U.S. D.E.A. serves two functions: (a) as a an instrument of espionage it serves to protect U.S. strategic political interests; and (b) as an enforcement agency it serves to protect the U.S.'s financial interest in cocaine trafficking.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Post-May Day Rant

Sometimes the world is just so fucked-up that El Gringo Rumbero prefers to tune it out and immerse himself in simple pleasures without yielding too much to his many vices. Then he throws cold water on his face, slips on his mouth guard and comes out from his corner swinging!

The Pope is a wicked man. Never mind the fact that he is the master of an institution which bleeds the poor while its leaders, especially the Pope himself, live lavishly. Never mind that the Catholic Church as an institution, throughout its entire history, has done absolutely nothing to alleviate the suffering of the masses of people of the world -- on the contrary it has most often played an intrumental role in oppressing and even murdering people in mass. Just look at the history of this Pope in particular.

1941: Pope Benedict XVI, née Joseph Alois Ratzinger, joins the Hitler Youth. His excuse that he had to join because membership was legally required at the time is not satisfactory from a man who is supposedly the representative of Jesus Christ on earth. Jesus (née Yeshua Ben Yusuf) would not have even been allowed to join the Hitler Youth so I think we know what he would have done in such a situation!

1943: Pope Benedict XVI, née Joseph Alois Ratzinger, is drafted into the German Army. Again, the man who is currently the supreme master of the universal church of Jesus Christ does not resist but willingly joins an organization that is responsible for the deaths of millions of people -- mostly fellow Christians.

Now this man, who we see is not exceptional in any way and certainly not especially Christian, is applauding the Spanish Conquest and "conversion" of the indigenous people of the Americas while denouncing both Marxism (true to his Nazi roots) and Capitalism (while he prances around in gilded robes). Behold, the Antichrist!

What's going on in Estonia? At the end of April, a lot of ink was spilled over clashes between protesters and police that ensued when the Estonian authorities attempted to dismantle a monument to the Red Army commemorating the defeat of the Nazis. As usual, the Western news media neglected to report anything that would allow readers to understand the situation. The current government of Estonia, which is a member of NATO, has been systematically trying to rewrite history to rehabilitate Nazism in the country -- all without a peep from fellow NATO members.

Why would Estonians want to rehabilitate Nazism? Answering this question requires one to look at the history of Estonia and its Baltic neighbors during the period. The governing bodies of the Baltic States, as well as the majority of their populations, were sympathetic to the Nazi cause. So it's no surprise that the Estonians were generally unhappy when the Soviet Union occupied the country in 1940 after the infamous 1939 Molotov-Ribbentrop pact (this pact was more than anything a way for the Russians to buy time before the inevitable Nazi onslaught). The primary accomplishment of the Soviet Occupation was saving most of the country's Jewish population from the Nazis by deporting them to Eastern Russia. The attempt to cleanse the country of Nazi sympathizers was really a lost cause since most of the population was down with the Nazi program. That's why most Estonians remember the Soviet Occupation as particularly harsh and oppressive. On the other hand, the Nazi occupation (which began after the German Army took the Baltic States in 1941) was a cake-walk. The Estonians basically welcome the conquering army with open arms and the Nazis, in turn, favored the people in the Baltic region among Eastern Europeans for their pro-Nazi sympathies and their Nordic features. After the Nazis lost the war it was all downhill as far as Estonia is concerned. They were on the wrong side of the war… and 60 years later we are still seeing the repercussions.