|This grotesque depiction of the "War on Drugs" is drawn from America's viewpoint. Could it be an illusion?|
Hernandez explains that the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico is often fabled for its elusiveness and its leader, el Chapo Guzmán. This man is supposedly a mastermind, carefully importing drugs into the U.S. using "747 jets, submarines, and freight trains". El Chapo allegedly "hid in the mountains" for years, fooling the U.S. and Mexican government in the process. However, reporter Anabel Hernandez really questioned the validity of these reports and did some more research.
What she found was that the Sinaloa Cartel "enjoyed government protection (mexican gov.) since the Vicente Fox [2000-'06] administration, and that protection continued through the government of Felipe Calderón [2006-'12]". She claims that the Sinaloa was attacked the least and had the least arrests. She even said that the DEA cooperated with the cartel in order to take down enemy cartels. It is really shocking that a cartel had friendly contact with the government, especially the US goverment. The result of this government protection was an increase in amphetamine, marijuana, and opium production in Mexico.
In reality, the War on Drugs is perpetuating itself. The US and Mexican government are only catalyzing the process. While Mexico might somehow benefit from the running of cartels, the US government has no reason to support drug cartels. America is trying to rid itself of drugs (hopefully), and not trying to further production for some maniacal, monetary benefit. We should not be supporting drug cartels, and I'm sure most Americans would agree. Right now I am really questioning the role of the media in the US. Why has the American public not heard about this earlier? Is there a reason this information has been hidden from the public?