Cartel Wars kicking up
Violent "low-intensity" conflict heightens on the US southern flank
A much closer-to-home conflict, whose murderous violence and atrocities—short of heavy armor and air power—are on par with the Russo-Ukrainian Conflict.
In the 2000s, it was El Chapo’s Sinaloa cartel duking it out with the Arellano-Felix outfit and the Gulf Cartel in the streets of Tijuana and elsewhere with AKs and RPGs, beheading rivals al-Qaeda-style having lifted their tactics off of what they were watching unfold in the Iraq War. Now, it’s bulletproof customized “narco tanks” and explosive-rigged drones—their own kind of armor and air power. Now, it’s the grotesquely vicious Jalisco New Generation cartel and its elusive leader, Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, “El Mencho,” whose reign of terror has escalated and widened to go beyond the cartel-vs.-cartel conflicts of yesteryear, in which civilian deaths were merely collateral damage, to target and terrorize the innocent en masse with forced displacement and even ethnic cleansing. And a product line whose last big move was from marijuana into cocaine and heroin has now expanded to include meth, fentanyl, and the most lucrative repeat-business product of all: human beings. (Those that support “open borders” don’t realize that they are also supporting the vile exploitation of the very migrants they claim to care about—or maybe they do and don’t care.)
“‘We are at war,’ said Alma Griselda Valencia, a congresswoman from Michoacán who belongs to the Morena party of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. ‘The fact the government doesn’t want to accept it, is something else.’”
Unfortunately, her government isn’t the only one.
Alex Holstein is the co-author of Warfighter: The Story of an American Fighting Man, due out May 15, 2022, from Lyons Press. He holds an MSc in Russian and Post-Soviet Studies from the London School of Economics, where he wrote his thesis on the Soviet KGB.